Placing a loved one into a memory care community is one of the hardest decisions someone will ever have to make. It’s so incredibly emotional on many different levels whether you’re a spouse, adult child, family member or trusted friend.
We often get asked the question from our clients of “when will I know the time is right?”. The short answer is, it never will be. There will always be second thoughts, guilt and reasons why you can justify keeping them at home. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best decision for them or you as the Caregiver.
When deciding if placement is the right move, here are some things to consider:
If your loved one is no longer safe while at home, it’s important to proactively consider placement into memory care to avoid a serious crisis that will force the decision.
Memory care community staff and programming are professionally trained to find unique ways that increase physical, social and emotional engagement of residents.
Unless you’re able or willing to utilize respite tools such as private duty caregiving, short-term stays at a memory care community and consistent support from other family/friends to avoid inevitable caregiver burnout, it’s important you consider placement BEFORE a breakdown or crisis occurs.
If you’re in the process of weighing and researching your options to decide if placement is needed for your loved one, reach out to us. Sunways is a free service to make sure you have the information and insight needed to make the best decision. Call us at 941-867-0803 or schedule a call at www.sunwaysseniorliving.com .