The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is devastating for everyone in the family and an uncomfortable, difficult topic for people to talk about. In some cases, even physicians do not discuss the disease with their patients, and sometimes a person is unaware of the diagnosis. Others may try to hide their memory problems, and as a result, end up with little time to put their affairs in order and plan for the future.
However experts say it is important to discuss the diagnosis and its ramifications with your family in order to make your wishes known regarding your care. One of the things you will want to do is to designate a family member to make decisions on your behalf once you are unable to do so. With the help of your family, you will also need to make financial decisions such as setting aside assets to pay for long-term care in an assisted living facility or for home care. Keep in mind that planning ahead also gives your family peace of mind as they will know they are following your wishes.
Another one of the recommendations from experts who work with Alzheimer’s patients is to have the person tell their life story. This can be in a journal form or recorded and provides a meaningful way for the family to bond together. Furthermore, it helps to make the person feel that they are a valued member of the family.
At our MorningStar at Jordan’s Reflections Neighborhood, we provide individualized care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. We treat each of our residents with dignity and respect and find ways to connect with and nurture their very essence. Our memory care is based on our extensive knowledge and experience with dementia-related diseases and we support residents from the early onset of the disease through the final stages. Please visit our website to learn more.
At MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan, we represent the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to value, to invest.” We are dedicated to providing a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting and a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Please contact us to schedule a tour.