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
Our community is designed to help provide your family member with the comfort and security they need. Your loved one can enjoy the outdoors and experience a sense of independence as they explore our enclosed courtyard and garden. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing we have secured entries and exits and 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’s private apartment is a place where they can feel secure and confident with familiar furnishings, family photos and treasured keepsakes. We can even personalize their home entryway for maximum comfort and familiarity. And many of the common areas, like the community living room and dining room, feature soothing wall colors and large windows with plenty of natural light.

Consistent Care Assignments
We know how difficult it can be to trust someone else to care for your family member. That’s why, at our community, you’ll find care associates dedicated to helping your loved one preserve their sense of self while experiencing daily moments of joy. And our commitment to the consistent assignment of the same associates whenever possible helps form person-centered partnerships and encourages familiarity and relationship-rich care.

Enriching Activities
With gentle guidance and encouragement from our care team, your loved one will participate in multiple activities a day that provide challenge and stimulation but remain failure-free. Designed to promote cognitive retention and social interaction, our Clare Bridge Daily Path includes programs like group fitness classes, mental workouts and sing-alongs.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

At Brookdale Colonial Heights, you’ll find care associates who understand your loved one’s history, routines and preferences to support a person-centered relationship. Knowing and being present in relationships with your loved one gives us a strong foundation to anticipate unmet needs and lessen behavioral symptoms. Whether it’s our Clare Bridge program for mid to late stages of dementia or our Solace program for the advanced stages of dementia, we have purposeful programs with the compassionate care you and your family need.

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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.