Did you know that many individuals with dementia and other memory-impairing ailments often experience transfer trauma, even if their move is voluntary? Transfer trauma is the stress that occurs when one changes their living environment. But seniors with dementia can be particularly susceptible.
Symptoms of Transfer Trauma:
• Mood swings
• Weight loss/gain
• Increased mental confusion
• Withdrawal and isolation
Minimizing stress is the key to decreasing the likelihood of transfer trauma occurring. And when transfer trauma is minimized, your loved one has a better chance of quickly building friendships and developing a sense of belonging in their new community. Here at Concordia, we understand that this may be a difficult time for them, but we have the resources, staff and expertise at our memory care locations to make the most out of a potentially difficult situation.
Tips for Minimizing Transfer Trauma:
Finally, it’s important to understand that it often takes time for someone with a memory impairment to adjust. Give them some space and be patient. It is crucial to keep in mind that they may not have the same personality they used to and we cannot expect them to behave and act in certain ways. We want family members to be a part of their journey.
The staff at Concordia tries to ease this process by learning and understanding their habits, preferences and routines, and try to incorporate them as much as possible into their new home. We can give you the guidance you need to move your loved one to a loving environment. The goal for those in our care is to thrive.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime via our online contact form or by calling our administrative headquarters at 724-352-1571. Or visit our Locations Map to learn more about the types of care we offer, including In-Home Care, Memory Care, Long-Term Nursing Care, Adult Day Services, Hospice Care and more.
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