Two individuals with the same disease may often show different symptoms. This is especially true in the world of senior care, where dementia is an often referred to illness, but one that is not necessarily a universal explanation for the issues that may be at hand. Take someone with Alzheimer’s disease, for example. One person with the disease may be difficult to work with and argumentative about the care that they are receiving, while another might just show signs of confusion as they go about their day with a smile. Both may have the same diagnosis, but the way the it is displayed can appear in two different ways.
This can make finding the appropriate senior care tough for families. So many families deal with the struggles of having a loved one suffering from dementia and do not know what the appropriate type of care for their loved one truly is. It can often be much easier to provide family care to someone who is pleasant than someone who is not, but this doesn’t necessarily make it the right choice.
Dementia is comprised of a very large category of illnesses and diseases. It impacts each person differently, as discussed above. And what works for one person might not work for another. When you are deciding on what the best type of memory care (or any other type of senior care, for that matter) is, it’s important to look at what has worked for others, but it’s also important that your loved one’s unique situation be taken into account, too. People are unique and as such, the best kind of care for one isn’t always the best kind of care for another. The best caregivers out there know this, and it’s a part of how a great care service will make their recommendations for you.
If you are struggling with a loved one in need and trying to figure out how best to help them, be sure to get in touch with a senior care specialist today. If you aren’t sure where to start that process, you can schedule a free consultation with us at Paradise In-Home Care. We can get you headed in the right direction.
As a final thought, think about continuity of care. An individual with dementia will often fare much better when their care is continuous than if it is changing constantly. Familiarity can be hard to obtain when advanced Alzheimer’s is present, and a continuity of care can help to provide this. There are studies that indicate that when someone with dementia ages in place in a home they are familiar with, their health stays at a higher level of quality for a longer period of time. It’s not always possible to do this, and it’s sometimes not the right choice, but most of the time it is. Be sure to speak with a doctor familiar with your mom or dad’s health before you make a decision about which type of senior care will be best for them.