Caregiving for a loved one is a unique experience that is, for many people, its own reward. But that doesn’t mean that caregiving doesn’t come with its challenges. Caring for another person can be a major inconvenience, and can even require you to put your own life plans on hold. This is often a bigger concern for younger caregivers, who are more likely to be at a point in their life where they’re going to school, trying to start their career or trying to find a romantic partner.
The Unique Challenge of Caregiving for a Spouse With Dementia
Today, about 15.7 million adult family members, many of them are spouses, are in the role of caregiving for someone who has dementia. While caregiving a spouse with dementia is common, it can come with some unique challenges.
The Science Behind Why Small Environments Are Better for People with Dementia
We, at Sundara, believe that small environments matter in memory and dementia care, and science backs this up. Smaller settings minimize visual and aural overstimulation, as opposed to larger living spaces which provoke disorientation and higher levels of agitation.
How Can I Get Help with Finding Long-Term Dementia Care?
Caregivers frequently ask if they need a geriatric care manager to help them find long-term dementia care. Our short answer is no, a geriatric care manager is not required, however, much of that answer rests upon other factors, such as, how much knowledge you have about memory care living.
How Can I Help My Loved One with Dementia to Be More Social in Assisted Living?
Sundara Memory Care is specifically designed to lessen confusion and agitation and help our residents maintain routines. We provide plentiful opportunities for socialization and recreation, which reduces anxiety, promotes familiarity, and supports a sense of comfort. Relationships in this environment are more cohesive and in-depth compared to much larger communities, and science backs this up.
Is it Better to Tell Someone That They Have Dementia Over and Over again, or to Just Let it Go?
Memory loss is the most common symptom of dementia. Your loved one in the early stages of dementia may remember that they have the syndrome, but people typically forget their diagnosis as it progresses. Your loved one may repetitively ask you, “Do I have dementia?” They may also ask, “What is wrong with me?” They might also not be able to articulate what they are experiencing, and this can generate confusion, frustration, and stress. Should you remind your loved one that they have dementia, even if you must do it repeatedly? Or should you just let it go?
Does Veterans Aid and Attendance Help to Pay For Memory Care?
We know that the search for financial help for the care of your loved one with dementia can be time-consuming and challenging. Like so many others, you may not be aware that the Veterans Benefits Administration offers several program options that can help with the financial aspects of memory care, Aid and Attendance, and Housebound allowance.
Therapists Who Work with Dementia Patients and Their Families
When you or your loved one are looking for a therapist who is experienced with dementia, you may encounter some confusion with the many titles that mental health professionals hold, as well as what they treat. We hope that this blog will help you to better understand your options in the Round Rock, Texas area.