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 was designed with your family member in mind. Secured entries and exits, soothing wall colors and an enclosed outdoor courtyard and porch give your loved one the freedom to explore their surroundings while helping them feel secure and comfortable. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing we have trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to be alerted to an emergency.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Because your loved one deserves as much comfort and privacy as possible, we’ve designed each of our apartments to feel and function like a private residence. From cozy features like wall-to-wall carpet in the bedrooms and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light to ample space for familiar furnishings and family photos, your loved one can enjoy the comforts of home without feeling overwhelmed.

Consistent Care Assignments
Through consistent care assignments whenever possible, your family member can be cared for by the same care associates on a regular basis to encourage familiarity and relationship-rich care. Knowing and listening to your loved one enables us to problem-solve behavioral expressions that may arise. We also help keep our staff up-to-date on the latest dementia care techniques with quality training and education.

Enriching Activities
With gentle guidance and encouragement from our care team, your loved one can build self-confidence as they have fun and develop deep friendships in structured, evidence-based programming. Our Clare Bridge Daily Path includes six planned activities each day that provide challenge and stimulation but remain failure-free. Your family member can engage in activities like chair yoga, cooking, painting and reminiscing.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Deeply rooted in person-centered partnerships, our Alzheimer’s and dementia care focuses on sustaining feelings of belonging, purpose and security while giving your loved one a sense of stability and comfort that they are well-known where they live. Our care programs are tailored to each individual, meeting your family member right where they are and helping them live their best life with independence, dignity and courage.

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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.