How do I know when it’s time for my loved one to move into a memory care community?

Moving a family member into a memory care community is rarely easy. There are, however, a few telltale signs that you can look for to recognize when you might start seriously considering residential care.

Home safety issues: Is your family member becoming increasingly unsafe in his or her own home? An honest answer to this question might give you clues that the moment has come to evaluate a memory care community.

Wandering: As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the risk of wandering becomes greater and the probability of falls and injuries increases.

Sundowning: Very agitated behavior that increases as the day wears on is called sundowning and it’s a common characteristic among those with Alzheimer’s.

Aggression: Verbal, physical, even sexual aggression can create a strain on caregivers and other family members. Often, it indicates that it’s time to consider another living alternative.

Escalating care needs: Your family member’s increasing health needs may be rapidly surpassing your abilities and causing family disruptions.