3 Signs That Indicate Your Loved One May Benefit From Memory Care

If your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, you may find that it becomes increasingly difficult to care for them as they progress through their illness. Memory care is a distinct type of senior care service that provides specialized, intensive care for individuals who suffer from memory issues.

Both assisted living facilities and skilled care nursing homes provide memory care services. If your loved one suffers from memory issues, you may find yourself wondering if it is time for this increased level of care. In this guide, you will be presented with 3 signs that are indicative of the fact that, yes, it may be time to transition to a memory care unit.

  1. Distinct Changes in Behavior

Eventually, those who suffer from dementia will start to experience behavior changes. A typically independent individual may suddenly become apprehensive about engaging in certain activities – such as participating in social activities, taking their own showers or baths, and/or getting themselves dressed.

While all of this is normal in the progression of the various types of dementia, these changes may be accompanied by aggression, agitation, and/or violence. Any time that a loved one becomes hostile, emotionally abusive, or physically abusive – regardless of illness – it is advised that they see their doctor. Medication may be prescribed to help calm them.  You may decide that it is time they be moved to a memory care unit.  This is for both their safety and your safety.

  1. Confusion and Disorientation

If your loved one is becoming increasingly confused and experiencing disorientation, they may start to wander, forget how to perform simple tasks, and engage in other activities that may place their physical safety at risk.

If you have noticed an increase of confusion or disorientation with your loved one, it may be time to consider placing them in memory care. This way, they have constant supervision. In addition, the memory care facility will engage them in activities that are appropriate for them.

  1. Physical Health Decline

While cognitive, emotional, and other mental signs are often the first to be recognized in an individual who is suffering from dementia, these patients will – eventually – start to suffer from a decline in their physical health.

They may start to eat less, take their medications infrequently, forget to remain physically active, and may even become more prone to illness and infection. If you notice a physical decline, it is likely that your loved one will benefit from the care that is provided in a memory care unit.


Making the decision to transfer your loved one from their home to a memory care unit is a challenging endeavor. It may prove to be both mentally and physically challenging on you.  However, may be that this type of care is the best type of care available for your loved one’s circumstances, and alleviates the stress on you and your family that comes with caring for a loved one with dementia.

We here at Beacon Senior Advisors can assist you in finding the absolute best Assisted Living setting for your loved one’s needs – be it memory care in an assisted living facility or a skilled nursing home. Contact us today to learn more about this option: 973-713-0096 or visit us at www.BeaconSeniorAdvisors.com

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