Assisted Living Woodinville, WA

There are usually Alzheimer’s Disease care units within the Assisted Living Facility for seniors who may have Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Many cities, including Woodinville WA, have Alzheimer’s Disease Care units within the Assisted Living facility. You may not know if your loved one needs to have assisted living in Woodinville, WA, but there are a few ways to find out if that would be the best choice for your aging loved one.

When a senior has Alzheimer’s Disease, it can be hard to decide that they should no longer live alone. Some people can live independently for years with the help of Homecare Nursing services and other home aides, but some seniors may need to have care in a care facility. You may have doubts as to whether or not you are overreacting, or you may feel you are over looking some things. It is a difficult task to find out if your senior loved one is ready for a care facility. If you are noticing odd behavior, there may be a need to look into a senior care facility. Some things include: Letters and birthday cards have slowed or stopped, no more phone calls, you are calling your senior loved one first, the senior is in a hurry to get off of the phone, does not ask many questions, seems unresponsive to comments, you may get nonemergency calls at unreasonable hours, and hearing complaints from friends or family members that they are receiving unnecessary phone calls. The reason that these things can be alarming is that many people with dementia find it hard to follow the steps to mail a letter, make a phone call, or cook dinner. Odd communication skills can indicate Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms especially if the phone calls are at night.

A few other things to take notice are: Rapid weight loss, rapid weight gain, changes in clothing/hair/hygiene, dressing inappropriately for the weather, the smell of urine on clothing, and the senior is staying up very late and does not wake until midday. The weight loss or gain can be a sign of an illness or changes in diet patterns. The senior may be forgetting to eat, to shop for food or may not remember how to cook. Grooming changes can mean that the senior is neglecting to bathe, or toilet. And, the mixed hours for sleep can be depression or unhealthy isolation.

There are many things to look for when visiting your senior loved one: your senior loved one is not ready for their appointments, they are forgetting when you said you were coming to visit, they may think you are late if you are not, no longer mentions old friends, quit activities of engagements, or the senior lost interest in younger grandchildren. Limiting the social life can lead to increased isolation, and it is not a natural function of the aging process. There may be withdraw because of the inability to “keep up” with healthier friends or loved ones. As the concept of time dwindles, so does social appointments, meetings, and arrangements.

As you visit, you may notice a few more odd or off things about your senior loved one: The temperature in the house is too hot or too cold, cupboards are full of units of the same item or more than the senior could consume, refrigerator is full of expired or spoiled food, or is nearly empty, spills that haven’t been mopped or cleaned, piles of unopened mail or unread newspapers, or the smell of urine. Keep alert to these signs that your senior loved on is not keeping up on daily routine or activities. Buying the same food can be a sign of forgetfulness and could indicate a memory problem.

There can be some extremely obvious or warning signs that someone should no longer live alone, and be placed into an assisted living facility, some include: having electricity or water turned off, unpaid bills, letters for donating to charitable organizations (that the senior does not remember supporting), robbery due to the door being left unlocked, and aimlessly wandering from the home and getting lost. Do not overlook any of these signs, as many indicates a loss of memory function or brain function. The senior may need to be examined for dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, and may need to be placed into an assisted living facility or another senior care facility.

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