- Memory loss that disrupts daily life (forgetting dates, asking the same questions over and over)
- Challenges in planning or solving problems (not able to balance a checkbook or follow a familiar recipe)
- Confusion to time and place (they may forget where they are or why they are there)
- New problems with words or writing (they may not join in on a conversation like they used to or have trouble finding the right word to use)
- Changes in judgment and decision making (may pay less attention to grooming and keeping themselves clean)
- Changes in mood or personality (may experience sudden depression, become easily upset, bouts of confusion, suspicious)
Ask the Expert
Q & A
Although many places have a mission statement, at Kemper House we live our philosophy. For us, it’s personal. Our team is trained to see residents not as sick or ill, but as people with talents, gifts, and abilities. We are here to help the residents live out the rest of their lives in a fulfilling and meaningful manner.
Kemper House is also different because it is one of few places that exclusively care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for the rest of th
eir lives. It is not our usual policy to transfer your loved one to a nursing home once they require heavy care as the disease progresses.
I want to take the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful care you gave my dad the last 5 1/2 months of his life. If he couldn’t be at home with my mother, you were the next closest thing.
Thanks to the staff for your ongoing care of my Dad. Your patience, kindness and caring for Dad help my Mom and I rest easy knowing he is in good hands at all times. Thanks for everything you do for him!
Every time my family visits each week for their porch visit mom looks FABULOUS! You and your whole organization really understand what to do with the residents and I have seen an amazing change. You are a blessing to our family.
Thank you also for the very touching and beautiful memorial service and luncheon honoring Mom and Dad. It meant a lot to us to have all of you share your remembrances of them.
We greatly appreciate all that you have done for my Dad and for us. Your compassion, dedication, and gentle ways were a tremendous help. No one ever said to us, “It will be okay,” instead you said “We’ll help you.”
Alzheimer’s and dementia are formidable foes and they strip the individuals stricken of all of their dignity, yet you and your staff work diligently to reinstate the dignityand you do it quite successfully.
On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express our deep gratitude and thanks to you for caring for Jane for 3 1/2 years and for the love you’ve extended her. Slowly losing mental and physical capabilities with no hope of stopping the process is a devastating reality to the patient and the family.
This is to thank you and all the Kemper staff who organized the memorial service last Friday. The content was perfectly appropriate and many of the participants expressed compliments to the kitchen staff for the great luncheon.
Thank you so much for the loving care and compassion you showed to our mother and to us during her stay and death. We know, she was not the most compliant person, buy you showed her the same loving care no matter what. We were blessed to have her in your care. You are truly all angels. Thank you again!