As a person ages, a certain amount of memory loss and confusion is quite normal. If, however, a senior becomes increasingly disoriented, perhaps even occasionally wandering away, he/she may require a secured care facility that specializes in Alzheimer’s care. St. Paul’s Senior Services offers a number of facilities where administrators and staff have appropriate training to offer the specialized Alzheimer’s care.
Offering secured care, we often refer to our Alzheimer’s facilities as Memory Care Communities, where additional security measures are taken.
If an individual meets one or more of the following criteria, an secured care facility would be appropriate:
- Has been diagnosed with Dementia, moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease
- Cannot care for themselves because of physical, emotional, or mental problems
- Can no longer care for their own personal needs, such as eating, bathing, using the toilet, moving around, or taking medications (custodial care)
- Cannot live alone and requires more care than can be provided by their caregiver
- Could wander away if unsupervised, or is exit seeking
- Is going to be discharged from the hospital and requires temporary custodial care before returning home
- Has been recommended for an Alzheimer’s Care Facility by a physician
A senior with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease would require a residence with staff trained to assist with the daily activities for a person with this disease. While more expensive, the care can still cost considerably less than a Skilled Nursing Facility.