We’re always hearing stories from friends, coworkers and the media about individuals who slowly begin to forget simple things like where they placed their keys or others who suddenly forget the names and faces of spouses, children, and grandchildren. We hear about people walking off and becoming lost or how behavior and personalities change as Alzheimer’s progresses.
Having a loved one receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease can be heart wrenching. Here at Marjorie P. Lee, we empathize with your pain and have put together an overview of the disease and our unique approach to assisted living for those affected.
What Is Alzheimer’s?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is the most common form of dementia. It accounts for an estimated 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases and affects approximately 5.4 million seniors in the United States with onset symptoms typically appearing by age 60.
Early clinical symptoms include:
- Difficulty remembering names or recent events
- Apathy and depression
Progressive symptoms include:
- Impaired judgment
- Disorientation and confusion
- Changes in behavior
- Deterioration of motor skills leading to difficulty speaking, swallowing or walking
How Can We Help at Home?
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can have an impact on both the individuals suffering from the disease and their family members, but there is help. Marjorie P. Lee and Episcopal Retirement Homes, Inc. offer both education and support to individuals who remain in their home along with their families and caregivers.
- We can help diagnose Alzheimer’s in its early stages by reviewing tangible evidence.
- We provide information to assist home care-givers in the management of Alzheimer’s symptoms and maintain a calm, safe environment that minimizes stress.
- If it becomes necessary to move into assisted living, our support systems help make the transition smooth and less stressful with helpful tips that are critical in ensuring the comfort of new residents — such as keeping familiar furniture and belongings or providing activities tailored to the individuals interests when they arrive to their new setting.
What Can Be Expected from Full-Time Care?
Once an Alzheimer’s patient has reached the stage where assisted living is required, Marjorie P. Lee offers a Person-Centered Care philosophy that takes a holistic approach to wellness by responding to the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of each individual. And we have three unchanging core values which:
- Offer residents the dignity of freedom from institutional restrictions where residents live life on their own terms as much as possible.
- Provide opportunities to enrich their lives through choice of activities and events, wellness programs and dining selections.
- Nurture the purpose that people have had throughout their lives by getting them involved in activities where they can contribute at the appropriate level.
The staff at Marjorie P. Lee has earned a reputation for excellent care and spiritual ministry.
Our memory support program offers individualized attention with a stimulating array of activities. We make sure our residents have the opportunity to remain active and enjoy good company in open dining and common areas.
By combining a communal atmosphere and diversified programming with an emphasis on freedom, choice and purpose, we provide an environment conducive to our residents’ happiness and fulfillment.
According to Laura Lamb, Vice President of Housing and Healthcare at Episcopal Retirement Homes,
“When you have a holistic approach and you know a person’s vocation, such as a woman who has been a homemaker her entire life and enjoys to cook or a business person who will appreciate helping with our marketing committee, you can use that to help people feel good about themselves.”
We help people feel relevant again.
We understand Alzheimer’s Disease and have years of experience from working with those that suffer from it. You can have confidence in our experience and know that our residents receive the best possible care.
To find out more about Marjorie P. Lee or Episcopal Retirement Homes, Inc. and their services for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia, contact one of our knowledgeable staff today at (513) 271-9610.