If you or someone you love, are facing memory impairment, Lake Forest Park wants to help. This can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean that you must stop taking part in life, it only means that life takes place in a safe and secure environment.
Lake Forest Park has the resources you need to navigate through some of the difficult decisions you may be facing.
We can assist you in sorting through the challenges of navigating through the day and not remembering how to do some of the simple tasks of daily living. Relieving the frustrations and dangers these simple tasks may cause. Lake Forest Park has a variety of programs to enhance the quality of life for any stage of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Statistics show that caring for a loved one with memory impairment can cause a decline in your health. The term caregiver strain is real that takes a toll on your body and mind. Our goal for your family is to prevent caregiver strain, by providing a safe place to live well, age in peace and still have a good quality of life full of social stimulation with activities appropriate for all levels of impairment and peace of mind.
Call and schedule a tour of our community so we can personally discuss your questions and concerns about memory care.
Memory Care Amenities and Services Include:
- Three meals daily in our intimate dining room
- 24-hour Emergency Response System in each apartment
- Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
- Large, easily accessible closets
- Smoke detectors/fire sprinklers in each apartment
- Walk-in shower with safety grab bars and seat
- Experienced Caregivers
- What are the signs
- When to seek help
- Assisted Living or Memory Care?
What Are the Signs of a Memory Impairment Disease?
Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other related memory impairment disorders worsen over time and disrupt a person’s ability to work, socialize, and maintain relationships. Early signs may include:
- Subtle short-term memory changes, such as recalling what you had for breakfast or why you entered a room
- Taking longer to complete familiar tasks, such as playing a game
- Difficulty finding common words when speaking
- Changes in mood (i.e. depression), or shifts in personality for no apparent reason
- Being repetitive, such as repeating daily tasks, or repeating questions during conversations
- Getting lost when walking or driving in a familiar area
When Should You Seek Help?
Being forgetful or experiencing memory problems doesn’t immediately point to a memory impairment disorder. Remember, there are many age-related facets of memory decline that fall within the normal range of aging. However, if you or someone you know is experiencing several of the above mentioned symptoms, and find that they aren’t improving, it is time to talk with a doctor. There are several tests your doctor can administer to determine the degree of memory impairment and diagnose the cause. These may include:
- Brain imaging tests
- A neurological exam
- Blood tests
- A complete series of memory and mental tests (i.e. question and answer)
Assisted Living or Memory Care?
It is essential to find the “right fit” for those living with memory impairment. At Lake Forest Park, our continuing care provides different residential options based on individual need; focused on ensuring optimal daily life experiences.
Assisted Living is well suited for those in the early or even middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia who do not have any medical problems. Help with daily tasks such as money management, cooking, housekeeping, shopping, and managing medications are just a few tasks that staff are ready and available to help with 24-hours a day. Those living in assisted living are able to still live with some independence, while receiving help with daily tasks as needed.
Memory Care is a long-term residential solution for senior adults living with more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other types of memory problems. These individuals require a higher level of skilled care and supervision. Memory care residences are more secure units that promote easy navigation and social interaction. In memory care units, trained medical staff provide greater assistance to residents with day-to-day activities. Memory care staff is trained in understanding how memory impairment diseases manifest, knowing why disruptive behavior occurs, how to respond to it, and how to communicate with individuals with memory impairment disorders.