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 purpose-built community incorporates special features like outdoor areas to encourage what we call “sheltered freedom” in a secure setting. Way-finding cues, soothing wall colors and circular pathways that lead to activity areas support the needs of those living with dementia with intentional design features to help our residents feel confident. Plus, we have trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
A place that’s warm and inviting—that’s home, and our community offers those extra touches that feel cozy and comforting. Our studio apartments are all on one level for easy navigation, and your family member can bring their favorite furniture, family photos and mementos to help their space feel familiar. We also have welcoming common areas like our foyer and dining room, where your loved one can visit with friends and neighbors.

Consistent Care Assignments
We provide consistent care assignments whenever possible so that your loved one can be cared for by the same Brookdale associates. Knowing your loved one and listening to their voices and choices allows us to provide relationship-rich care and problem-solve behavioral expressions that may arise due to dementia symptoms. Our person-centered partnerships are built on trust, loving concern and a sense of family.

Enriching Activities
Each day, our care associates gently guide your loved one through a minimum of six activities, each one designed to enrich our residents’ quality of life—from creative pursuits to cognitive games—and to provide challenge and stimulation but remain failure-free. Maybe you’ll find your loved one gardening, dancing, practicing tai chi or reminiscing. No matter what they’re engaged in, your loved one will enjoy purposeful and meaningful moments that help them maintain a sense of self.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Our memory care program is rooted in a person-centered approach. Our care associates get to know your loved one’s history, routines, and preferences to form partnerships that offer a sense of comfort and stability that your loved one is well-known where they live. Strong relationships allow our care associates to focus on anticipating your family member’s needs.

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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.