Family Health

Baptist Memory Care Center Offers Guidance and Support for Caregivers

Mar 24 • 2017

Country legend Glen Campbell’s wife recently announced that the beloved singer could no longer play music due to the progression of his Alzheimer’s disease. This announcement repositioned the spotlight on the devastating disease and its far-reaching effects – resonating with many caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.

Many do not realize that 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you’re interested in getting screened because of your family history, or you’re the primary caregiver for your loved one, the Baptist Memory Care Center in can help. The Memory Center provides memory assessments and can open the doors to community resources, physician networks and support for the entire family.

Susan Crowson, manager at Baptist Memory Care Center, knows first-hand how important it is for caregivers (in addition to patients) to have access to the support and resources they need. After her mother passed away, Crowson stepped in as the primary caregiver for her father for nearly six years before he died of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Memory Center offers care consultations for families at each stage of Alzheimer’s as caregiver needs change as the disease progresses. These care consultations are available to:

  • Caregivers for whom the Memory Center has seen their patient (with or prior to a diagnosis)
  • Caregivers for whom the Memory Center has not seen their patient (with or without a diagnosis)

Although caregivers are not required to bring their loved one to the Memory Center, it’s highly encouraged.

“Caregivers gain the greatest insights when we have had the opportunity to provide our clinical memory assessment of their loved one, resulting in care consultations that are able specific and targeted,” said Crowson.

The care consultations consist of different topics to cover with caregivers and families throughout the disease process. Through care consultations, the Memory Center aims to lead and guide families to:

  • Understand how Alzheimer’s disease changes a person
  • Learn how to cope with these changes
  • Help family and friends understand Alzheimer’s disease
  • Plan for the future
  • Make their home safe for the person with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Manage everyday activities like eating, bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Take care of themselves
  • Get help with caregiving
  • Find out about helpful resources, such as websites, support groups, government agencies, and adult day care programs
  • Choose a full-time care facility for the person with Alzheimer’s disease if needed
  • Learn about common behavior and medical problems of people with Alzheimer’s disease and some helpful medicines
  • Cope with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease

Part of what truly makes the Memory Center so special are the strong connections made among the staff and caregivers and patients. Per Crowson, they do everything they can to create a relationship of trust and honesty with an empathetic approach.

“It allows family members to be empowered to address this reality in a proactive, confident way,” said Crowson. “That’s what we created here and it’s stunning and amazing.”

With no referral needed, getting help is just one phone call away. To learn more about the Memory Care Center and its services, or to make an appointment, please call 901-227-1234.