Care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia
Making a radical change to one’s life is always to some degree a destabilizing experience. If you’ve decided to move into a retirement home, you may be feeling uncertain and anxious. For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, these feelings of uncertainty and anxiety are often exacerbated by their condition. If you’re looking for retirement living options in the Ottawa area, you should know that we at Billings Lodge Retirement Community take special care to welcome those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Here’s just a little more information about the special considerations that go into Alzheimer’s care in a retirement home in Ottawa.
Those with Alzheimer’s or dementia have unique needs
Dementia is a difficult condition to live with. It’s not a specific disease but a condition that can accompany a number of very different problems. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, 25,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s, a leading cause of dementia, are diagnosed each year. Alzheimer’s damages our brain cells, but that damage affects everyone differently, causing slightly different kinds of symptoms.
Although there are some similarities amongst dementia symptoms, no two people suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia in exactly the same way. Common symptoms of dementia include memory issues and personality changes. People suffering from dementia can sometimes, for instance, have trouble remembering certain words or people in their lives and can be uncharacteristically depressed or angry for no apparent reason. These symptoms present a unique challenge for those who suffer from them and those who hope to help.
Billings Lodge and care for those with dementia
At Billings Lodge, we understand the unique challenges of Alzheimer’s care within a retirement home setting in the Ottawa community. We dedicate two floors of our community to those suffering from dementia. These spaces include:
• Security measures that ensure no accidents happen and no one loses their way
• A comfortable lounge and dedicated dining area for each floor
• Twelve rooms per floor of various sizes specifically designed for those with dementia
• Private bath rooms
• Specific activity program
• A care staff specifically trained to care for those with dementia
Although living with dementia can be difficult for those who suffer from it and their families, it doesn’t mean that there’s no hope. With the proper care and attention, living a full and rewarding life is possible for everyone. Contact us at Billings Lodge in Ottawa today to find out more about how we can help you or your loved ones live their lives to the fullest.