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Caregiver Insights:  A full-service memory care community versus In-Home Memory Care

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Caregiver Insights: A full-service memory care community versus In-Home Memory Care

According to memory care experts at the Alzheimer’s Association® and the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can affect each person differently. However, all persons with memory loss will experience a worsening of their symptoms as time goes on. And ultimately, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will need round-the-clock care.

“Because Alzheimer’s disease is progressive in nature, the type and level of memory care your loved one will require will continue to change and intensify over time,” adds Heather Miller, Personal Care Administrator at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr, located in Bryn Mawr, PA.

“Therefore, creating a memory care plan soon after your loved one’s diagnosis will help to ensure that they receive appropriate care for their symptoms as they continue to evolve. To a large degree, the type of care you provide to your loved one – whether it’s in-home care or in a professional memory care community – will be determined by their response to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and their stage of the disease.”

Why choose a full-service memory care community?

Through no fault of your loved one, the level and intensity of your loved ones care needs will continue to escalate, and so too will the demands on your time and that of other caregivers in the home setting. These demands typically include bathing and dressing, personal care and toileting, special meal preparation and regular supervision

The benefits of a full-service memory care community such as Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr range from ever present care and supervision as well as a secure environment, comfortable surroundings, numerous amenities, life-enriching activities, tasteful, nutritious meals, and a culture that welcomes and celebrates family visits and involvement.

Compared to the round-the-clock care offered in a professional memory care community, in-home care has higher costs as well as the disadvantage of limitations on the availability and consistency of care. For example, in-home caregivers and home health agency personnel are not typically available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In-home care often becomes physically and emotionally exhausting for the primary caregiver as the loved one’s symptoms progress and worsen over time.

“Therefore, when evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of in-home memory care, be sure to consider the future as well as the present,” says Heather. “In planning for your loved one’s care, be mindful that changes will inevitably occur that will alter your ability to provide them with the quality of care you want for them in the home.”

We invite you to read our other timely articles on current caregiver subjects and dementia care topics posted on our website.

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Engaging Days. Meaningful Moments.

Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comfort of home. Our memory care community touches hearts and changes lives.

Helping Families Be “Family” Again

Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.

If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.

If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.

For more information, please call Sharon at 484.380.5400 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.