Making the decision to place a loved one in a memory support community may be the most difficult decision you have ever made. We often make noble promises to family members under the false idea that nursing communities are lonely, stale places where our loved ones receive subpar care. Because the decision and the stigma that comes with it can be so heart-wrenching, families often put it off.
Many families wait until a crisis – an instance of wandering or aggressive behavior, or a fall– before choosing a memory care community. However, studies have shown that having a plan in place, rather than reacting to a crisis, creates a smoother transition for both the person with dementia and for the family. By avoiding the need to make a placement decision in a hurry or under stressful conditions, the transition will be easier for you and your loved one.
Many people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia benefit from the structured environment, consistent socialization and frequent activities of a memory support community like Mirador. We often see instances where the resident becomes noticeably happier, more active and engaged after a move into our community.
Consider these ways that Mirador’s caring team can improve your loved one’s quality of life:
Don’t wait. Tour Mirador today to see how your loved one can thrive in our caring, structured environment.