What Our Memory Care Community Can Offer You

Just because someone you love is experiencing memory loss, it doesn't mean that they should have to sacrifice their quality of life. Our residents spend their days in a secure environment, surrounded by familiar people who encourage them to enjoy life, experience feelings of belonging and purpose, and help to maintain their current skills through our daily path of engagement. 

Here are just a few of the ways we help the seniors in our memory care programs make the most of this season of their lives:

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A Secure Setting
Your loved one will feel right at home with our purpose-built community designed specifically for the needs of those living with the early stages of dementia. With way-finding cues and an enclosed courtyard and garden, your family member can enjoy sheltered freedom as they explore the community. We also have trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to be alerted to an emergency.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Your loved one will find plenty of comfortable spaces to spend time with their new social circle, such as in the cozy, home-like fireside living room or the inviting dining room. Large windows provide tremendous natural light throughout the community, giving it an open, airy feel. They’ll feel the same comfort and beauty outside with the relaxing covered porch and beautifully landscaped, enclosed courtyard featuring a pergola and picturesque gazebo.

Consistent Care Assignments
We’re committed to the consistent assignment of the same care associates to your loved one whenever possible to encourage familiarity and person-centered partnerships. Our team of associates support your loved one throughout their day with special techniques like physical prompting and cueing, validation and other communication techniques for better understanding and partnership.

Enriching Activities
Maybe you’ve noticed your loved one is spending more time alone or losing confidence. Our Crossings program is based on research that says a structured program of mental workouts, physical exercise and increased social interaction may help to slow dementia. Your loved one can maintain their identity and sense of self through activities like gardening, crafting, trivia and Flex Your Brain classes, and music programs.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, your loved one may be aware of their cognitive changes and of those around them having a similar experience. That’s why we are committed to providing relationship-rich care. In our care model, we get to know your loved one’s history, routines, and preferences to build relationships with trust, loving concern and a sense of family.

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Common Questions About Memory Care

Assisted living communities are designed for seniors who are relatively independent, but they need some assistance with daily tasks, like bathing, dressing and managing medication. Assisted living is ideal for those who are looking to make the most of their retirement by living closer to other people in the same stage of life, while getting access to quality care, great onsite amenities, and interesting activities happening at the community.

 

Memory care communities are specifically designed for seniors living with Alzheimer's or dementia. They feature safe and secure environments where staff can closely monitor the health of the residents. You'll also find programs, activities, and events that are designed to help memory care residents work on their cognitive abilities, while also getting to enjoy passions and hobbies. Staff typically are specially trained to provide the quality care needed for seniors with memory loss.

Memory care features can vary from location to location. Sometimes they are stand-alone communities, and sometimes they are part of a larger community with more levels of care. They often include safety features like emergency alert systems, enclosed courtyards and keypad entry; personalized programming; easy-to-navigate features like color-coded hallways and spacious hallways; and accommodations for seniors in both the early and late stages of dementia.

As much as we wish there was a cure for Alzheimer’s, the best thing a memory care community can do is provide opportunities for your loved one to maintain or experience improvement in their current skills. Research has shown that living in a community can reduce the amount of medication a resident needs, increase their overall health and wellness with proper nutrition and exercise, and provide increased social interaction that leads to lower levels of depression and isolation.

The cost of memory care depends on several different factors, including location, floor plan and how much care your loved one needs. The good news is that our residents only pay for the services they actually need. 

This is one of those tricky questions that only you can answer. It’s important to do your research before coming to a final decision. But we can tell you that as the disease progresses, the amount of time, energy and resources required to provide quality care will increase. This often creates more stress for the caregiver and could compromise the otherwise high quality of life your loved one could enjoy in a memory care community.

Our communities incorporate several features to help keep your loved one safe, like including emergency alert systems in each apartment. The majority of our communities also have enclosed outdoor courtyards so residents can explore in a secure environment.

Many caregivers think that a private suite is always the better option for their loved one, but research has shown the value of companionship for seniors living with Alzheimer's or dementia. Sharing an apartment with a roommate can sometimes give residents a greater sense of purpose and lead to deep and lasting friendships. Companion suites can also be more budget-friendly!

Most memory care communities provide educational materials and outreach for families exploring senior living options, but you still need to do your research. Consider what specific items are on your wish list, taking into consideration your loved one’s individual needs and any activities, treatments or accommodations that you believe is important. For more information on finding the right memory care community, visit our Find the Right Memory Care Community page.