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Does Your Loved One Need a Higher Level of Care?

July 31, 2015

As our parents age, changes in their physical, mental, and emotional health often indicate a need for higher levels of care and additional support. 

Below are some of the signs that it may be time to consider memory care for your loved one.

Increasing difficulty with daily tasks

  • Dressing, shopping, cooking, doing laundry, and managing medications
  • Preparing even simple meals
  • Neglect or changes in personal hygiene habits, from body odor to hair and makeup
  • Managing medications

Recent changes in their medical condition

  • Care has become increasingly complex
  • Professional care and support with a variety of tasks is now needed

Cognitive changes

  • Getting lost or disoriented in familiar settings
  • Exhibiting inappropriate behaviors; not recognizing that the behaviors are bothersome to others
  • Increasing agitation or anger; other changes in personality
  • Not remembering how to respond in an emergency situation
  • Other safety concerns

Caregiver concerns

  • Recent change in health status of the caregiver
  • Caregiver is experiencing increasing levels of stress and greater difficulty in coping
  • Caregiver has exhausted reasonable resources and needs professional help