Sometimes, our elderly loved ones are no longer capable of living alone, independently. This could happen due to a decline in physical capabilities or cognitive impairment. Whatever may be the case, the only practical solution for them is to move into a residential facility where they are going to be looked after. If you are the primary or secondary caregiver of an ageing person, you may be confronted with the choice between assisted living and dementia care. Elder care in Kolkata has come a full circle and more and more people are looking at assisted living and memory care to place their loved ones in.
Although, both assisted living and dementia care are residential there are important distinctions between the two that will help you decide which one is right for your loved one. Assisted living is for people who can still maintain some amount of independence but need a little help everyday with chores. Dementia care is for those who are living with Alzheimer’s or any other kind of memory problem.
Assisted living is defined by the Assisted Living Federation of America as “a long-term care option that combines housing, support services, and healthcare, as needed.” Assisted living is for those people who, as they age, retain some of their physical independence but need assistance with daily chores like bathing, dressing, cooking and taking medication. Rooms are usually single and private with an attached bath. There are shared rooms also, if you want to minimise cost.
Assisted living facilities normally include:
- Transportation for shopping, medical appointments or outings
- Socialising with other residents, indoors and outdoors
- Housekeeping and maintenance staff
- Fitness centre
- Round-the-clock help with bathing and toilette
Dementia care involves long-term care from skilled professionals specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s and/or other forms of dementia. Dementia patients including people who suffer from Alzheimer’s cannot live alone, unsupervised. In a dementia care facility, there is round-the-clock supervision of daily activities like eating, bathing and routine medication. With dementia patients, there has to be a lot of planned activities to keep them engaged so that they don’t get bored. Sometimes, dementia patients act aggressively and say hurtful things.Dementia care facilities have a lot of these planned activities. Also, the environment needs to be soothing and friendly for them not to get agitated. They cannot be left alone at anytime to wander away on their own. Dementia care facilities combine comfort with safety for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Ideally, a memory care facility should include:
- Round the clock care for dressing and toilette
- Planned activities program
- Simple layout to control trip hazards
- Safe premises to prevent wandering
- Trained staff to look after dementia patients with a decline in cognitive abilities
- Routine medical care
Placing elderly loved ones in assisted living facilities when they need more and more assistance with their daily lives is becoming a common phenomenon. We at TriBeCa Care understand the importance of services that make lives easier for the elderly and their caregivers. This is why we are in the process of tying up with assisted living facilities throughout the city. We are going to provide elder care services at these facilities in order to complement the programs that they already have running.