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When is it time to move from assisted living to memory care?

When is it time to move from assisted living to memory care?

March 26th, 2021

Residents of continuing care retirement communities like ours come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Many seniors lead independent lives with minimal care, and others deal with more serious health issues such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other related memory conditions.

What’s the difference between assisted living and memory care?

Assisted living refers to a living style at retirement communities with a mixture of independence and personal care services tailored to make each day rewarding. Assisted living services include things such as housekeeping, help with bathing/showering, and chef-prepared meals.

Memory care includes all of the amenities of assisted living with the additional care needed to help residents suffering from memory-loss conditions. Memory care is much more hands-on, with easy-to-navigate floor plans, regular check-ins, and staff available 24/7.

How to know when to move from assisted living to memory care

Our medical professionals here at Serento Casa are trained to look for signs that it may be time to move to memory care. Here are some of the indicators to look for.

Participation in community is diminishing

If a resident is showing less interest in participating in community activities than they used to, growing distanced and closed off, that could be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s. If you can, talk to your loved one, their friends, or their caregivers to try to get a sense of any changes in their activity levels, social participation, or mood.

Caregivers have noticed a change

The professional caregivers at assisted living communities likely interact directly with their residents more than anyone else. They have the most direct look into their daily lives, and they can tell when things are different.

You can rest assured that the staff here at Serento Casa pays close attention to your loved one’s mental, emotional, and physical state. You’ll be the first to know if we’ve noticed a change in their life that may be indicative of something more serious.

General signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia

There are many excellent resources online that can help you recognize the signs of memory loss conditions. Some of the most telling symptoms to look for are:

  • Aimless wandering
  • Confusion, agitation, and general forgetfulness
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Decrease in attention span
  • Loss of appetite

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and should not be used as a diagnosis. If you’re concerned that a loved one may be experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s, consult with a medical professional.

Serento Casa provides assisted living, memory care, and post-acute care in one community

If your loved one is in an assisted living community like ours and you’re concerned that it may be time for them to move to memory care, don’t hesitate to talk to their caregivers. Start the conversation sooner rather than later so you can ensure that they’re well taken care of. If you’re looking for a retirement community for yourself or a loved one, please give us a call at 909-248-2430 to learn about all that Serento Casa has to offer.

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