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
You can have peace of mind knowing we have trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have an emergency call system that can be used to alert a staff member if your family member has an emergent need. Your loved one will find areas of the community set up for secure and comfortable engagement in life skills activities to support purposeful and meaningful moments.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Our memory care environments are an integral part of the support offered to each resident. We designed our apartments, common areas, dining area and outdoor spaces to be dementia-friendly in order to help your loved one live their best life with as much independence, dignity and freedom of movement as possible. Your family member can feel comfortable and secure with carefully-considered flooring, soothing wall colors and spaces decorated like home.

Consistent Care Assignments
Our care associates can assist with everyday needs like bathing, dressing and dining. We’re also here to help your loved one feel well-known through our commitment to the consistent assignment of the same care associates whenever possible. Person-centered partnerships, knowing your loved one, and listening to their voices and choices helps us to provide relationship-rich care built on trust, loving concern and a sense of family.

Enriching Activities
Reminiscing, walking, music and dancing, and baking are some of the activities included on our daily path of engagement, which provides a gentle daily structure of six planned programs. No matter their interests, your loved one can enjoy engagement that offers stimulation and challenge but remains failure-free, even with advanced expressions of dementia.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

We know how difficult it can be to trust someone else to care for your loved one. That’s why we use a person-centered approach to care, spending time learning about our residents’ past, their likes and dislikes, and what makes them feel understood. But it’s more than just a care approach. Our memory care is focused on helping your loved one flourish by creating feelings of belonging and purpose while seeking to preserve their identity and sense of self.

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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.