How Complete Dementia Solutions Works
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Are you curious as to how Complete Dementia Solutions works?
Upon completion of the assessment, a customized Complete Dementia Care Plan will be created. It will include suggestions and referrals for local living and care options. The certified dementia practitioner will discuss details of the plan, including why particular suggestions are being offered, what to do next, and what can be expected. Complete Dementia Solutions takes care to communicate well, to avoid any surprises.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Difficult Decision: Wrestling with Dementia Placement
“Is it the right time for Memory Care?” “How can I know?” “Who can I trust?” “My loved one doesn’t want to go.” “I promised I’d never do that.” “I’m managing for now.” “There are bad days sure, but there are still some good ones.” “I can keep this up a while longer.” “We can’t afford it.” “I don’t know what the options are.” “Is there a memory care facility near me?” “No one can do it like I do.” “I can’t handle this!”
These are among the many overwhelming thoughts common to spouses and adult children of people with dementia when wrestling with the decision of whether or when to pursue placement in a memory care facility.
There are few decisions in life more difficult or heart wrenching. The time to find placement usually arises after a period of extreme stress, watching helplessly as a loved one declines through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
Dementia is a general term for the loss of cognitive functioning (thinking, remembering, and reasoning) and behavioral abilities to the extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.
It results from damage to the brain caused by injury or by a number of specific diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Binswanger’s Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Creutzfeldt/Jakob disease, Pick’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, or Lewy Bodies Disease, any memory impairments due to stroke or trauma and others.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common disease that causes dementia. Early-onset may surprise a person as young as in their 30’s or 40’s, while late-onset may not present until their 80’s or 90’s.
Regardless of the onset, Alzheimer’s and dementia types are progressive diseases described in stages. While the name of each stage varies depending on the scale used, each scale describes a progression of need and disability.
In the earlier stages, the person can function fairly independently, with relatively minimal support. They may require assistance with complex tasks such as shopping, meal preparation and money management.
As the person progresses through each stage, they will need increasing levels of oversight and assistance. Eventually, people require 24-hour supervision for safety and assistance. This is generally where Alzheimer’s placement is indicated.
As the disease progresses into the later stages, people will need assistance with even their most basic personal hygiene tasks, eating and mobility. If nothing else takes the first, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will eventually become unable to smile, talk, swallow or even breathe.
All types of dementia are progressive. Even vascular (stroke-induced) dementia can be progressive, as stroke activity is often not isolated. A person may have a series of small strokes, which can look like a plateauing progression of symptoms.
This means that dementia will continually get worse over time, and they will be less able to have their needs met at home.
As their needs increase, their caregivers will generally be subjected to more frequent and intense demands, all while having less sleep and fewer opportunities to meet their own needs. The caregiver’s patience and health will be increasingly harder to maintain.
As the person’s condition progresses, there are multiple changes and milestones that can trigger feelings of grief, guilt, depression, anxiety and overwhelm.
There are often changes in relationship dynamics that are difficult to process and accept. There can be a lot of stress and confusion regarding behavioral changes, including paranoid thoughts and accusations.
Family members often find themselves in positions of having to do uncomfortable new things, such as manage money, or help a parent shower, while simultaneously finding themselves with less time and opportunity for self-care.
Too often, family caregivers try to take on too much, for too long. As they do, they frequently sacrifice their own needs to meet the needs of their loved ones. They become exhausted and can experience symptoms of caregiver burnout.
Symptoms of burnout can include depression, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, excessive use of alcohol or medication or changes in mood, sleep or appetite.
As burnout worsens it can lead to losing control emotionally or physically, or even neglecting or treating the person needing care roughly.
Burnout does not get better if ignored. Burnout negatively affects the quality of care and general quality of life for the person needing care.
Unfortunately, too many caregivers try to stick with it anyway, often to tragic ends. Caregivers have a very high rate of significant health problems.
It is very common to hear stories of caregiving spouses experiencing heart attacks, strokes or other health crisis, leaving their loved one in the wake of the tragedy, without adequate care or support.
It is of utmost importance for family caregivers to practice excellent self-care. Eating a healthy diet and exercise can help tremendously.
Proactively researching resources before they are needed is an excellent way to ensure you have the proper dementia help when the time is right. For this reason, you should contact us to find out more about how Complete Dementia Solutions works.
Proper dementia placement can help ensure that the quality of life and time that you share is the highest possible. The right setting with the right support can make one hundred percent difference in how well the person with dementia can function.
With the right cues, equipment and approach, the person with dementia can enjoy enhanced cognitive stimulation, meaningful activities and social engagement to the extent of their own capacity.
Lack of cognitive and social activity have been widely recognized as dementia risk factors, according to many sources including the Alzheimer’s Association. Increasing these types of activities have likewise been shown to reduce depression, enhance functioning, and improve general well-being.
Often, these types of activities are just not possible at home. They may be beyond the ability of an exhausted caregiver, or even in-home paid caregivers.
There are dangers to waiting too long as well. Some signs that it may be time to move may be if the person starts to open the door to strangers, leave the oven on, or wander out of the house. Ignoring these signs may increase vulnerability to solicitors or scam artists, or worse, increase the likelihood of a fire or other tragedy.
It can be extremely beneficial to work with engaging experts with extensive dementia awareness who are well versed in how to provide effective dementia help.
Results can be encouraging when experts are familiar with the course of progression of the various forms of dementia, are familiar with the resources available in the area, and understand the unique needs and preferences of an individual with dementia.
The individual can be supported to enjoy their highest possible level of functioning and satisfaction.
The caregiver is freed to practice their essential self-care, so that shared moments can be positive again.
The previous relationship, be it spousal or parent-adult child, may never return to its pre-dementia state, but it can transform, freed from the confines and burdens of caregiving activities.
Our experts can also help the family caregivers with education and strategies on how to smooth the moving process, cope with placement emotions and other invaluable support.
It can be overwhelming, if not impossible, to adequately research all of the potential local resources ahead of time.
With so many unpredictable paths dementia can take, it would take an enormous amount of time to thoroughly research all possibly solutions.
Searching online for “Memory Care Facility Near Me” while on the internet may bring some results, but ultimately it can be difficult to decipher the various facility’s marketing pages from one another.
Finding a professional familiar with dementia care needs and resources can be an invaluable investment.
To find out more about how Complete Dementia Solutions works, call one of our staff members for more information.