Welcome back to our blog page for our Ellijay-area assisted living and our Ellijay memory care community. This is the fourth blog post within our five-part series with each post focusing on a single indicator of signs that a transition to professional memory care will be in the best interest of your loved on.
Here are the links to our prior posts on this subject:
- Assessing Indicators (Topic Introduction Blog Post)
- Waning Participation in Assisted Living Lifestyle
- Regular Confusion and Losing Track of Life Activities
- Declining Positive Relationships with Caregivers, Other Seniors, and Staff
- Declining Confidence and Happiness
Declining Positive Relationships with Caregivers, Other Seniors, and Staff
As dementia progresses, a senior's ability to maintain relationships also changes. They will need people around them who understand dementia and can provide a gentle form of company that does not demand consistent memory continuity. Most seniors in assisted living are not experiencing dementia and are not trained in supporting relationships with a dementia patient.
However, every caregiver within our memory care community is professionally trained in providing memory care, understands dementia, and can help residents maintain relationships with both staff and other residents. Furthermore, memory care staff can help coach family and friends on how to communicate with their loved ones to produce happy and rewarding interactions. If your loved one is having difficulty maintaining relationships or seems to be withdrawing from their friends in assisted living, or even forgetting their friends in assisted living, it may be time to make the transition to memory care.
We understand these are difficult and frightening subjects to consider. With that said, here at Ellijay’s Manor Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care, we are highly trained and skilled subject matter experts on the two subjects. And we can help you whether you are a resident, resident family member, or a non-associated care giver simply doing their best to serve another. We salute you and want you to know that we are always open and ready to talk.