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 features easy-to-navigate floor plans and soothing wall colors, so your family member can feel comfortable and not overwhelmed. And with an enclosed patio and courtyard and secured entries and exits, they can remain secure while having freedom of movement. We also have trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And an emergency call system can be used to alert a staff member if your loved one has an emergent need.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Once your loved one settles into their new studio apartment, filled with familiar furnishings and treasured keepsakes, they can spend their days using their talents and making new friends in the peace and comfort of a beautiful building that offers the comforts of home. Our common areas are cozy and very inviting, including the fireside living room, library and well-appointed dining room.

Consistent Care Assignments
From gentle guidance and reminders throughout the day to support with daily living to personal dining assistance as needed, our care associates are here to help your family member flourish and feel well-known. Your loved one will benefit from the consistent assignment of the same care partners whenever possible as they build authentic relationships with their care partners and feel a stronger sense of purpose.

Enriching Activities
Each of our memory care residents engage in at least six activities each day that are stimulating and challenging but remain failure-free. ​​Maybe you’ll find your loved one baking, participating in sing-alongs, exercising their body and minds or meeting up with neighbors for happy hour. No matter where they are in their journey, your family member will have ample opportunities for socializing and enrichment.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Our memory care residents enjoy the same wonderful quality of life as our assisted living residents but with an additional layer of structure and support. We take time to learn everything about your loved one, from their family history to their favorite snacks, so we can help make sure they receive the quality care and encouragement they need. This person-centered approach to care helps create feelings of belonging for your family member and preserve their identity and sense of self throughout the progression of the disease.

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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.

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