Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia? You’re not alone. Memory Care at Wartburg around Westchester, NY, is here to help.
We understand that dealing with a loved one’s wandering and states of confusion are an emotional roller coaster. Memory impairment can be very confusing for families – and scary for suffering loved ones. What happens as your loved one grows older and more frail? Will you need to find a source for specialized services and support? Wartburg is here to help.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills. The loss of cognitive functions such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning, as well as behavior abilities, would be severe enough that it would reduce a person’s ability to perform daily activities. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behavior. The causes of dementia can vary depending on the types of changes in the brain that may be taking place.
The most common cause of dementia in older adults is Alzheimer’s disease, but other types of dementia include Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal disorders, and vascular dementia
Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it just begins to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when a person must depend on others completely.
Symptoms of Dementia
Cognitive & psychological changes can include:
- Difficulty finding words
- Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving
- Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
- Confusion and disorientation
- Personality changes
- Depression or anxiety
- Inappropriate behavior and paranoia
The 7 Stages of Dementia
Stage One: Pre-illness – Stage one of dementia occurs before there are any symptoms present. Dementia would not be able to be diagnosed at this stage.
Stage Two: Very Mild Signs – During stage two, there may be some mild signs such as misplaced keys, trouble remembering – but it is not yet ground for being diagnosed with dementia.
Stage Three: Mild Signs – This stage is where you might first become aware a loved one may have dementia. Memory loss is mild, but it is constant and becomes noticeable to family and friends.
Stage Four: Moderate Signs – With moderate cognitive decline, a person may forget where they live or begin to show shifts in their personality. This is the stage where a medical professional would be involved.
Stage Five: Moderately Severe Signs – The symptoms of moderate-severe dementia are very recognizable at this stage. A person may experience confusion in everyday activities and experience short term memory loss such as not remembering someone they recently met.
Stage Six: Severe – As a loved one, this may be the most difficult step to cope with as assistance with hygiene, eating, dressing, and more becomes necessary. Assisted living or in-home care would be a great choice at this stage.
Stage Seven: Very Severe – During this final stage, verbal and physical communication may be lost as a person may not be able to express themselves. Simple tasks will need to be completed by an aid, nurse, or loved one.
At Wartburg, we have specialized memory care units for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer & Dementia Care Programs
Our Alzheimer and dementia care programs are offered on both a residential and adult day care basis so your loved ones can move seamlessly to a different level of support as their needs change and stay where they – and your family – are comfortable, knowing they’ll get the specialized, compassionate care our dedicated professionals provide.
Memory Care at our Meadowview assisted living community supports residents with memory issues like moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s and those suffering from wandering issues. In Meadowview, we have 15 apartments in a safe, nurturing, home-like environment with a secure private courtyard.
Those people requiring more acute care find exactly what they need with the Memory Care team at Waltemade Skilled Nursing Center. The nursing home at Wartburg offers a dedicated Memory Care neighborhood, highly specialized nurses and support staff to provide support in a cheerful, restraint-free environment with a secure private courtyard.
Whether in the nursing home, assisted living, or adult day care, Wartburg’s Alzheimer’s and dementia care programs use the Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s care. Developed in the 1990s by Virginia Bell and David Troxel,the Best Friends philosophy suggests that what a person with dementia needs most of all is a loving and positive friend who is dedicated to making the person feel safe, secure and valued. That is exactly what all of us at Wartburg Memory Care strive to provide.
Don’t let the burden of caring for a loved with memory loss overwhelm you. Contact us so that we can show you all that Best Friends™ and Wartburg can bring to your loved one’s life. If you prefer, schedule a visit or apply now.