The move to a Memory Care facility is a major life change for Mom or Dad. So what is the best way to actively support a parent living in a Memory Care facility? To best support your parents, visit often, participate in their care, and address complaints and concerns. Memory Care facilities in Buxmont can provide you and your parents with valuable guidance in your efforts to be actively involved and supportive of your parents.
Seniors look forward to visits from loved ones as the most important parts of their day.
The common experiences and shared intimacy give their lives meaning and purpose.
For Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients, a sense of connection to loved ones is particularly important. Most Memory Care facilities encourage parents to visit frequently. Some of them have guest rooms for out-of-town visitors. Consistent contact with the people who love and care for seniors is vital. In fact, family involvement in everyday life can improve Mom’s or Dad’s quality of life and contribute to better health by providing familiarity, giving a sense of security, and maintaining links with the past.
Be Involved in Mom’s or Dad’s Care
Often family caregivers feel that once a loved one is has moved into a residential care facility, the caring role ends. However, even though you may not be providing the physical caregiving, you are the “expert” on Mom and Dad. You can provide Memory Care facility staff with precious knowledge of Mom’s or Dad’s likes, dislikes, family background, hobbies, interests, etc. Talk with staff to figure out what role you can play in Mom’s or Dad’s care. For example, some facilities develop “memory boxes,” collections of objects and images that are used to create new short-term memories and strengthen long-term memories. Perhaps you can play a role in gathering items and reminiscing. Family members can also go for walks with Mom or Dad, help out with activities, and assist with daily grooming.
Address Complaints and Concerns
A common misconception is that people with memory issues do not understand what is happening to them. However, this is not the case. Keep the lines of communication open with Mom or Dad. Inform the staff of any issues or concerns and elevate them to the management level. Be vigilant for signs of mental or physical abuse. Let your parents know that you are their advocate. Participate in any meetings in which family members are asked for feedback on meal times, menus, activities, etc. Visit frequently and be alert to the quality of care. To learn more, see “How to Evaluate the Quality of Care Your Parent Receives in a Buxmont Memory Care Facility” on the Buxmont Eldercare Channel. Reassure your parents by your words and your presence that they are not alone.
If you visit often, are involved in your parents’ care, and address concerns, not only will they feel supported, but, most importantly, they will feel loved, secure, and at peace.