A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s changes the type and level of care that a person needs. Too often, the level of care increases gradually over time with the family caregiver not realizing the increasing amount of care that was required to keep their family or loved one safe. The reasons for moving to a care facility for those with Alzheimer’s is usually based on the inability to keep them safe a home and not necessarily a physical health problem. It is very common for those with any type of dementia to wander, have outbursts that seem inappropriate, and to want to go home to a place they haven’t lived since they were a child. There are several options for appropriate care in this area, but there are subtle and not so subtle differences in the programs each community offers. We can help you find the program that best meets your family’s needs and the needs of your loved one.
Assisted Living for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients need to be in a facility that is safe and secure. In addition, they need the extra support of staff that is specifically trained to work with dementia patients; staff that knows how to allow each resident to maintain their dignity and respect.
Skilled Nursing for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Sometimes, people with dementia also have physical health issues that require the care and supervision of skilled nursing staff. This means they will need a skilled nursing facility that offers long term care specifically for dementia care.
What is Assisted Living?
An assisted living community provides care for people who need some help with activities of daily living, yet who wish to remain as independent as possible. These communities bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes. Residents in assisted living communities are not able to live by themselves, but they don’t require constant care. Medical care is limited in an assisted living community and the rules here in South Carolina are different than those in other states. Residents are assessed when they move into the community so the community can develop an individualized service plan to ensure that the senior get the best care possible.
What is Memory Care in Assisted Living?
Assisted Living communities or homes that have specially trained staff and the ability to secure the community in such a way that is it safe for patients with any type of dementia. Memory Care is a term that is used to describe any person with memory related diagnosis.
What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?
Dementia is a broad term that generally describes cognitive decline which is usually progressive. Alzheimer’s is a specific kind of dementia. There are other types of dementia such as Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), Creutzfeldt-Jacob Dementia (CJD), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (PDD), Vascular Dementia, Mixed Dementia (usually Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia), Huntington’s Disease, Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (B1 deficiency), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). Most types of dementia are progressive and do not improve although some medications may slow down the symptoms of some types of dementia. It is critical to work with the appropriate medical doctor’s in diagnosing and treating all types of dementia. Some factors such as not taking medications properly, interactions between medications and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) can exacerbate underlying symptoms.
What kind of assisted living communities are available in Columbia and Lexington?
The communities range in size from high rises to classic Victorians. Rooms vary from studios to one and two bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Many families are surprised to find the wide range of choices available in our area.
How do I know what type of community my loved one needs?
The best way is to give us a call (803) 667-4400. We want to know what is going on with your loved one BEFORE we make a recommendation. That way you don’t end up running all over town looking at the wrong type of communities or communities that are not in your budget.
As my mother’s dementia progressed, it became increasingly obvious that we needed to find the right care for her. SC-Seniorliving helped us do just that.