When to Start Considering Memory Care
Sept. 12, 2022
By Danielle Andersen
Today, memory loss is prevalent in over 16 million people throughout the US.
As a spouse, child, or caregiver, knowing when to seek out professional memory care services is key.
That’s why our dedicated Knute Nelson family has outlined the need-to-know below. In turn, you can take early intervening action with your loved one’s best interests at heart.
As you explore the key signs below, you may notice one or multiple indicators that apply. The level of severity for each will likely vary. Rest assured, we are always available for questions as you read.
You know your loved one well. As we age, we tend to stick to certain patterns of life and behaviors, relying on our habits and routines to navigate daily life. When these behaviors change, a closer look is warranted.
For example, your loved one could begin struggling with their routine or socially isolating themselves, lending way to depression. Likewise, they may exhibit signs of confusion or disorientation, aloofly wandering without a clear purpose or destination. In some cases, they might even feel unsafe at home or question if they are truly in their home at all.
Identifying these behavioral changes is the first step to care.
Oftentimes, memory loss is associated with concerning physical indicators.
For example, your loved one could develop urinary incontinence. Likewise, they may exhibit shakiness and instability, oftentimes leading to life-threatening falls.
While these signs are common indications of memory loss, they might be associated with another disease or underlying condition. We recommend seeking out a medical professional if you begin noticing any of the physical indicators above.
Aside from behavioral and physical indicators, some indicators are less obvious but equally worrying. For example, your loved one may begin ignoring their personal hygiene, missing basic activities such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.
Likewise, they could let their home degrade, allowing dirty dishes, grimy bathroom surfaces, and household clutter to build up.
Even with weekly pill organizers and calendar reminders, they may begin incorrectly taking medications or missing appointments. A keen eye is critical to identify these subtle indicators.
The Next Steps
One of the most commonly overlooked indicators applies to you, the caregiver. If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed, seeking help is perfectly okay. At Knute Nelson, we are here to support you and your loved one.