As people age, they tend to rely on family or other caregivers for assistance. For those with memory loss, the need for assistance increases dramatically. Newton Health Care Center offers two levels of support for families needing Memory Care services.
“We offer a monthly Memory Care Support Group for family members, caregivers, and the community,” said Katie Kuhn, Community Liaison Director for Newton Health Care Center. “On the third Tuesday of each month, starting at 3:30 pm, we provide information and other resources to anyone reaching out for support. We provide cookies and refreshments, and answer any questions they have.”
Attendees typically want to know the signs to watch for as their loved ones age and begin to exhibit behavioral changes. They can also learn about services to help keep their loved one in their home longer, how to keep them safe, and how to handle potential depression and agitation issues.
Once it’s determined that a loved one is a candidate for constant care, Newton Health Care Center is ready to help. “We provide 24-hour care, with nurses and certified nursing aides available 24/7,” said Kuhn. “Residents receive three daily meals, medication management, and assistance with personal hygiene and everyday tasks. We even have a beautician who visits once a week.”
If you think your loved one may need professional care, there are specific things to watch for. “Forgetfulness beyond what’s normal can be an indication of dementia,” explained Kuhn. “Forgetting words, names, and people, exhibiting severe mood swings, and struggling with motor functions can indicate a need for help. Safety is the biggest issue; some people forget to turn off the oven, or they go for a walk and become lost. The elderly are also targets for financial scams. We’re here to help patients needing care and assistance as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s.” For information, please contact:
Katie Kuhn, Community Liaison Director
Newton Health Care Center
200 S. 8th Ave. East
Newton, IA 50208