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
Our community is purpose-built to support those living with the challenges of dementia. In dementia care, the environment is an integral part of the therapeutic support offered to each person. We help your family member live their best life with as much independence, dignity and freedom of movement as possible. Our apartments, common areas, dining area and outdoor spaces are designed to be dementia-friendly.
A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
A place that is familiar and comforting—that’s home. Our apartments have plenty of natural window light, a private bathroom, ample storage, and some even have a garden view. And we’ll help you make your loved one’s new home familiar and comfortable with suggestions for what to bring on move-in day. Plus, our community incorporates special features, such as easy-to-navigate floor plans, soothing wall colors, and way-finding cues, so residents feel safe and secure.
Consistent Care Assignments
We are committed to the consistent assignment of the same associates to your loved one whenever possible. Knowing and being present in relationships with your loved one allows our care associates to lessen behavioral symptoms and anticipate unmet needs. We’ll provide support throughout the day, whether during meals, taking medication, bathing or more, and even handle chores like laundry and housekeeping.
Our daily path offers stimulating activities that are failure-free for seniors in all stages of memory loss. Programs like B-Fit, brain teasers and InTouch, a touch-screen computer that brings the outside world in with easy-to-use picture-screen prompts, can tap into your loved one’s current skills and support meaningful experiences. We also feature areas of the community that are set up for safe engagement in household and normal daily tasks that help build confidence.
Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
At Brookdale Memorial Oaks, our memory care program is deeply rooted in a person-centered approach focused on creating feelings of belonging and purpose for your loved one while seeking to preserve their identity and sense of self. We know how difficult it can be to trust someone else to care for your loved one. That’s why we spend time learning about our residents’ past, their likes and dislikes, and what makes them feel loved and cherished throughout an ordinary day.
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