Planning Your Best Future After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis | Avalon Memory Care

Planning Your Best Future After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease can be a tricky diagnosis. It takes ruling out many other possible problems like vascular issues, trauma or other medical causes in order to reach that conclusion.  Then, there are screenings to determine if the decline in memory and reasoning are issues of aging or are specifically caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis comes with many challenging emotions and some difficult decisions.  It is time to pull together a team of people who care about the one diagnosed, to help plan for their future and the future of caregiving family members.  Seek assistance and advice from family members, doctors, long-term care specialists, and an attorney. No one should do this alone.

An early diagnosis allows more time for planning.  Since Alzheimer’s progresses slowly, there will be time to make major decisions for the future around finances, legal matters and healthcare directives, however, working out those details sooner rather than later is best. Make arrangements early and get important documents drafted while you are still of sound mind. Documents you will need are:

  • Last will and testament
  • Advance directive or living will
  • Healthcare proxy designation
  • Living trust
  • Do not resuscitate order (DNR)

It is possible to live at home with a family member in those early stages of the disease. However, it is never too early to consider arrangements so proper care can be delivered as the disease progresses. When mental and physical abilities have declined significantly, a memory care community is truly the best place to be. Alzheimer’s treatment and care specialists provide quality of life in a safe environment tailored to the unique needs of each resident.

Make a list of the available memory care residencies in your area. Take your time touring before making your decision. Learn about their philosophical approach to Alzheimer’s care. Understand how the community is physically laid out and why. Get a clear picture of what a typical day is like. Find out how they work with residents to keep them happy, active and enjoying life.

When it is time to begin planning for your future memory care needs, we hope you will visit Avalon Memory Care.  We believe you will find the most professional and sensitive care for the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs of your loved one. We know it can be difficult to start talking about the future when this diagnosis is delivered but remember – they deserve compassionate and caring support. Rest assured our Alzheimer’s professionals are carefully selected to ensure that each of our residents is treated with the utmost respect and dignity. We love getting to know our residents and providing care that meets their personal life story. Call us at (972) 364-4755 to request a tour or virtual tour of our beautiful, home-like assisted living centers in Arlington, Irving or Houston.  We are here and ready to serve.

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