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:
A Secure Setting
Everything about our community was designed from the ground up to support those living with dementia. With secured entries and exits and an enclosed courtyard and garden, we strive to help residents remain secure while having a sense of freedom and independence to explore. And other features such as circular paths designed to lead residents to activity areas and way-finding cues help our residents feel comfortable. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing there is 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 feel right at home with our purpose-built community designed specifically for the needs of those living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s. With several floor plans to choose from, our apartments have plenty of natural window light and storage, and some even have a garden view. We can help you make your loved one’s apartment familiar and comfortable with a move-in guide and a suggested list of what to bring. With gentle guidance and reminders from our care team, our seniors enjoy everything this cozy environment has to offer.
Consistent Care Assignments
We don’t just hire good people; we invest in quality training and education to help keep our staff up-to-date on the latest dementia care techniques. Our kind and compassionate staff use techniques like physical prompting and cueing to help residents maintain independence, validation, and other communication techniques to promote understanding and partnership with our residents. And we strive to provide the same care associates to your loved one on a regular basis whenever possible to encourage familiarity and relationship-rich care.
In Clare Bridge, we go above and beyond just planning activities for your loved one. The Clare Bridge Daily Path offers a gentle daily structure of six planned programs, each providing stimulation and challenge while remaining failure-free. These include a morning cognitive workout with discussions, brain-stimulating games and physical activity with a variety of opportunities like our B-Fit program, walking programs, and dancing. We find this daily routine gives your loved one a sense of security that they are right where they need to be.
Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Our memory care program was developed by a well-renowned gerontologist and is deeply rooted in the latest research using a person-centered approach focused on creating feelings of belonging and purpose for each resident while seeking to preserve their identity and sense of self. We believe that no one should be defined by the symptoms of early, middle or late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Maintaining identity and a strong sense of self comes from living a life filled with meaning, purpose, and contributions. And at Brookdale College Square, we believe having dementia shouldn’t change that.
- Beauty/Barber Shop
- Private Dining Room
- Arts & Crafts Studio
- Walking Paths
- Landscaped Grounds
- Community Kitchen
- Meeting Rooms
- Keypad Entry
- Personal Solutions
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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.
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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.