When you or a loved one are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made.
“Putting financial, legal and end-of-life plans into place is one of the most important steps you and your loved ones can take following a dementia diagnosis,” says Lauren Kessler, Executive Administrator at Bartley Healthcare, located in Jackson, New Jersey. “By planning for the future, your loved one is able to put their wishes and decisions down in an official document, making it easier for family and friends to know and follow their requests.”
Preparing and planning for the future can help reduce confusion down the road and makes the dementia journey as stress-free as possible for everyone involved. It also helps reduce confusion for things like financial decisions and legal paperwork, because everything should (hopefully) be in order when it’s needed.
It’s important to remember that including your loved one in the decision-making process as much as possible is essential – no matter how far along in their dementia journey he or she may be.
“Always remember that your loved one deserves to be part of the conversation as much as they can be, because you’re discussing and making decisions about their life,” says Lauren. “It is not just a matter of respect, but a matter of dignity. At Bartley Healthcare, an important part of our memory care programming is allowing our residents to make as many decisions as possible, even something as small as whether or not they want to take a walk before breakfast or read a book or wear a certain item of clothing.”
Moving to a Supportive Environment
Following a dementia diagnosis, a senior may choose to remain at home with a live-in caregiver, or he or she may choose to move into a family member’s home in order to live more safely. While this can be an acceptable option for individuals in the early stages of dementia, eventually the senior will need around-the-clock care in a supportive environment that’s been designed specifically for the needs of those with dementia.
“We’ve found that it’s never really too early to move into a community where there are resources available to meet the needs of those with memory loss,” Lauren says. “When someone with dementia moves into a community when they’re in the early stages of the disease, we’ve found it’s a lot easier for them and their families as the disease progresses because the individual has had the chance to make our community their home.”
Lauren says that Cedar Spring, an innovative memory care program offered in Bartley’s Cedar Court Neighborhood, provides the resources and support that families and seniors need to plan for the future.
“Cedar Spring provides residents with dementia and other cognitive impairments the independence and lifestyle of assisted living, but with the additional support, care services, security, and environment needed by those with memory challenges.” Lauren also adds, “As dementia progresses, the needs of the person afflicted change dramatically. At Bartley Healthcare, we have care services that meet every need, and every stage, of memory loss.”
The Cedar Spring memory care program is also part of the way moving to Bartley Healthcare early on assists those with dementia. “Cedar Spring is a program, not a specific place, which means that we’re able to provide it for individuals already enjoying our assisted living services or who are in our skilled nursing or rehabilitation center,” Lauren says. “For individuals who are in the later stages of dementia, our Cedar Court Neighborhood is a safe and secure neighborhood designed for those with dementia to help them live as independently as possible.”
The Cedar Court Neighborhood has been designed to minimize disorientation and confusion. The soothing interior features natural lighting, neutral colors and reduced background noise. To help residents find their way, there are cognitive and visual cues on the doors and walls. Personalized programming is provided for every resident based on their dementia journey, their preferences, their history and their needs.
The neighborhood also features open and quiet spaces for residents, a Sensory Stimulation room and memory support rooms. Cedar Court is staffed 24/7/365 by compassionate, supportive and specially trained professionals, all proficient in the care of those with memory impairment and CARES Dementia Certification.
Caring for Friends and Family Members
Lauren says that services at Bartley Healthcare don’t stop with their residents. “We also offer resources for family members to help them to plan for the future,” she says. “We understand that dementia is a family experience, and that everyone in your circle is touched and affected in different ways. We provide programming, classes and information to help caregivers of all types better understand the disease, find support for themselves and also make friends and form relationships with those who understand what they’re going through.”
Bartley Healthcare can also help family members link with community resources and experts who can help them navigate the legal and financial aspects of planning ahead. “The dementia journey can be complicated and confusing, but we’re to help in any way possible,” she says. “We really do care about you and your loved ones, and you can trust in our professionalism and expertise to help you walk this path.”
The Memory Care Resources You Need.
Memory care services at Bartley Healthcare provides a fulfilling lifestyle and array of services and amenities right on the Bartley Healthcare campus. As a family-owned and privately-run community, we get to know each resident personally, allowing us to customize their level of care to perfectly match their needs while providing them and their families with the support they need.
Here, residents can embrace an engaging lifestyle in a secure, safe setting while experiencing the security and comfort of a qualified, compassionate team. We take care of it all – housekeeping and delicious dining, scheduled transportation, programming to meet varying interests and more – it’s all included with care, so you never need to worry about rising costs!
And because we are able to care for every resident through every stage of dementia, you can rest easy, knowing that your loved one will be treated with compassion, care and love .
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact our team today at 732-372-4055.