When is the Right Time to Consider Memory Care?

As we age, it’s completely normal to experience some memory loss. Mild forgetfulness is not generally something you have to worry too much about but if it gets worse, that could be an indication of something more serious.

In other words, worsening cognitive impairment can be one sign that it’s time to explore memory care options. It’s not always easy to determine whether a loved one is going through a cognitive decline, though, so here are some clear signs to look out for. 

1: Trouble performing daily activities

Being able to perform basic activities of daily living on their own like using the bathroom, getting dressed, and bathing, are all benchmarks that help determine whether a senior does or does not need assistance. 

If your loved one struggles to remember to take their medication or eat and drink, memory care may be appropriate. 

2: Physical Safety Concerns

Memory problems can, unfortunately, lead to many potential safety concerns. Seniors dealing with memory issues may accidentally leave appliances or burners on after they cook. They may crash into things and forget how they hurt themselves. They may wander away and get lost, unable to get back. All of these are signs that it’s time to think about memory care options. 

In a memory care facility, your loved one would have extra help to make sure that they avoid these physically dangerous scenarios. 

3: Personality Changes

Everyone’s personality shifts somewhat over time but significant personality changes can be a concern. In particular, if your loved one is getting violent, aggressive, or agitated, that is a sign that it may be time to consider memory care. 

Seniors dealing with dementia or other memory problems often get confused and tense which can provoke these outbursts. Staff in memory care facilities can manage these symptoms to protect the senior and those around them. 

Final Thoughts

Bringing up memory care is difficult but it can be life-saving if a loved one is experiencing any of the signs listed above. 

When it’s time to move your loved one into a memory care facility, there’s no better place than Golden Age Senior Placement. We have helped many seniors just like your loved one deal with memory problems safely. Give us a call today to learn more about the memory care options we offer. 

To learn more contact Golden Age Senior Placement or give us a call at 210-978-6221!