As a caregiver, there may come a time when you realize your loved one’s needs are more than you’re prepared to fulfill. Take memory care, for example. Deciding on the need for a memory support program is an immense undertaking whether considering care at home or in a retirement community. It also is a very individualized experience, and everyone needs to evaluate their own unique situation.
We understand and have helped families decide on their own by answering the following questions based on their needs:
- Has my loved one been diagnosed with a condition that causes memory loss?
- Am I concerned that his/her current living environment might be unsafe?
- How much is my loved one able/unable to do for himself/herself?
- Has my loved one told me what he/she would like?
- Is the care I am providing beyond my physical capability?
- Am I becoming impatient with my loved one?
- How much time can I spend every day with my loved one?
- Am I neglecting my personal life (family, job) to care for my loved one?
- Is there anyone else that can help me care for my loved one?
- Would my loved one and I have more quality time together if he/she received professional care at home or lived in a retirement community?
Discuss these answers and thoughts with others involved in the decision. If helpful, we are available at your convenience to review options, provide other reference information, answer additional questions or even counsel your family on effective ways to approach your loved one with these options.