With dementia, there are different stages your parent will go through. If your parent is at the middle stage, which is also known as moderate dementia, their memory decline is more severe. Below is more information about moderate dementia, as well as information on elderly memory care.
In the beginning stages of dementia, your parent was likely able to care for themself. Over time, dementia does get worse and at the moderate stage, your parent will need much more care. Your parent may be able to dress but may not know the proper clothes to wear. For example, they may put on winter clothes during the summer. Your parent may forget to eat or need help in preparing their food. Not eating is dangerous as your parent will lose weight quickly. They may also forget to drink water or other liquids. Your parent will have a hard time with numbers when it comes to paying bills, balancing their checkbook, and they may purchase things they normally would not.
Someone needs to monitor your parent closely at this stage as they will only get worse. Once they get past this stage, they will need much more care, such as someone being with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your parent may turn on the stove to cook something and then forget they turned it on. They may not be able to go to the bathroom on their own and soil themselves.
Dementia Memory Care Services
It is a good idea to find a memory care service now because your parent will need it unless a family member can be with them 24/7. Memory care services are not like traditional nursing homes. The staff of dementia memory care facilities are trained to work with people that have memory problems. They provide 24-hour care for them with your parent being constantly supervised and monitored.
The memory care service helps your parent take their medication each day, and helps them with refilling prescriptions if needed. This service helps do your parent's laundry, transport them to appointments, if they are able, and provide them with nutritious meals. If your parent is on a special diet, such as if they are diabetic, the memory care service will ensure they get the proper food.
The memory care service will help your parent go to their bathroom, take a bath, and help them get dressed. They will help your parent brush their teeth or clean their dentures for them.
Talk with a few memory care service facilities in your area to learn much more about how they can help your parent.