Explore options at The GreenFields Continuing Care Community in Lancaster, NY
Have you been caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease? Perhaps you have come to the point that you are exhausted and wonder if you are providing optimal care to your loved one.
Whether you are afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease or you are a family member of someone afflicted with the heart-breaking disease, you are faced with increasingly difficult challenges over time. Often, in the early stages of the disease, the patient is cared for by a family member. As the disease progresses, the physical and mental strain on the caretaker also progresses. Is enhanced assisted living memory care a viable option for your loved one?
You don’t have to feel helpless when it comes to the care of your loved one. The benefits they can gain from being under the care of a professional staff as the disease advances are exponential. At GreenField Terrace, located in Lancaster, NY, we have the staff and safety measures in place that you may not be able to consistently provide at home. There are several benefits a facility like GreenField Terrace can offer both you and your loved one, including:
Safety: As the disease progresses, safety becomes an important concern because patients lose their judgment capabilities. For example, they can forget how to use certain appliances or forget to turn appliances off. With early-onset Alzheimer’s, family members may control safety matters by never leaving their loved one alone. It can be difficult though, because while you still need to access appliances and items like knives and irons, it’s a constant battle to anticipate every hazard that threatens to injure your loved one. There are many hazards that people don’t consider until it is too late. A facility like GreenField Terrace has staff that is professionally trained and experienced with safety measures as they relate to Alzheimer’s patients.
Security: Many times family members have concerns about Alzheimer patients wandering away. At a memory care facility, you can be assured that that won’t happen with the security measures we have in place. At GreenField Terrace, we prioritize your loved one’s safety and have door alarms and an enclosed courtyard to allow your loved one to enjoy the outdoors without the risk of wandering.
Hygiene: While you are the primary caregiver for your loved one, helping or performing all of their daily hygiene tasks can be taxing on your body. Lifting their body for bathroom visits or even lifting arms and legs for bathing can get tiring. A memory care facility like GreenField Terrace has experienced staff who are trained specifically to meet your loved one’s daily hygiene needs quickly and efficiently.
Health & Comfort: As the Alzheimer’s disease worsens, different levels of care are necessary. At The GreenFields, we can recognize when these adjustments to care are needed. We have experience working with hundreds of similarly afflicted patients over the years and know what each resident needs. We are experienced and know what to watch for and how to treat illnesses that may occur. If eating becomes a difficulty, our staff has techniques to help with the various challenges. When verbal communication starts to deteriorate, we know what each resident needs to be made more comfortable and healthy.
Activities: With all the time you have to spend on the other care giving tasks while your loved one is under your care, fun activities may fall by the wayside. GreenField Terrace offers activities that help reduce depression in residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s. We also encourage physical activity that, in addition to alleviating depression, helps to prevent wandering, can enhance mobility, and improve sleep habits.
Although caregivers often have the best intentions when it comes to caring for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, caregivers are commonly exhausted much of the time because of their hard work. There are sleepless nights wondering if the loved one will leave the home or harm themselves during the night. There are the times during the day when there is a constant need for care and attention. Personal time for the caregiver becomes increasingly rare as the disease progresses.
Caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s isn’t something you need to face alone. While we understand the overwhelming urge to care for your loved one on your own, help is available. Contact The GreenFields Continuing Care Community today, providing the best memory care for you and your loved one.