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Understanding Memory Care: Providing Support for Loved Ones with Dementia

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Navigating the journey of dementia can be a challenging and emotional experience for both those diagnosed and their families. At Parkway Place in Houston, Texas, we understand the complexities involved in caring for someone with dementia. Our dedicated team strives to provide compassionate support and comprehensive care through our specialized dementia care program. To learn how to support a loved one with dementia, call our team at 281.305.1846. Our senior memory care services aim to enhance quality of life while providing a safe and secure environment for our residents.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders that affect memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, but there are several other forms, each with its own set of challenges. Understanding dementia is the first step toward providing the proper support for loved ones affected by this condition.

How It Feels to Have Dementia

Living with dementia can feel like being lost in a familiar place. Individuals may experience confusion, frustration, and fear as they navigate daily tasks that once came easily to them. Memory loss, difficulty with communication, and changes in personality or judgment are common symptoms that can affect a person’s sense of self and independence.

Dementia’s Impact on the Family

Dementia not only affects the individual diagnosed but also has a profound impact on their family and loved ones. The role reversal, where children become caregivers for their parents, can be emotionally taxing. Families may struggle with the grief of watching their loved one’s condition progress, along with the practical and financial pressures of providing care.

Supporting Loved Ones with Dementia

Supporting a loved one with dementia requires patience, understanding, and a focus on maintaining their dignity and quality of life. Here are some ways to offer support:=

  • Educate yourself – Learning about dementia can help you understand what your loved one is going through and anticipate their needs.
  • Create a safe environment – Adapt living spaces to reduce risks and support independence for as long as possible.
  • Engage in activities – Participate in activities that your loved one enjoys and can still participate in, which can help them feel connected and valued.
  • Practice patience –  Be patient and offer reassurance to help ease the anxiety and frustration that can accompany memory loss.

Each individual with dementia is unique, and it’s essential to tailor support to their specific needs. Seeking assistance from professionals trained in caring for individuals with dementia can also provide valuable guidance and respite for family caregivers.

Benefits of a Dementia Care Program

At Parkway Place, our specialized dementia care program is designed to meet the unique needs of residents with dementia. Our approach is rooted in the Buckner Core Principles of connection, independence, purpose, security, and service. Benefits of our program include:

  • Personalized care plans – Tailored to each resident’s needs, preferences, and abilities, ensuring they receive the appropriate level of care and support.
  • Skilled staff – Our team of licensed nurse clinicians and caregivers are trained in dementia care, offering compassionate support around the clock.
  • Therapeutic activities – Designed to enhance cognitive function, maintain skills, and promote social interaction.
  • Safe and nurturing environment – Our memory care neighborhoods are designed to be secure and comforting, reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of belonging.

Each day, we strive to make meaningful connections with our residents and provide them with a sense of purpose and joy.

Call Parkway Place to Learn How to Support a Dementia Patient

If you are looking for support in caring for a loved one with dementia, Parkway Place is here to help. Our comprehensive dementia care program offers the care, compassion, and understanding needed to navigate this challenging journey. Contact us online or call 281.305.1846 today to learn more about how we can support your loved one and your family through our specialized services. At Parkway Place, we believe in providing a safe, nurturing environment where every resident can live a life of purpose and dignity.