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
From wayfinding cues and personalizing residents’ living quarter entryways to make them more recognizable to features like circular pathways and a screened patio, perfect for secure wandering, our residents are gently guided so they can comfortably explore their environment. We also have trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to be alerted to an emergency.
A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Brookdale Oakwell offers a friendly environment with common areas perfect for socializing or visiting with friends and family. We have an elegant foyer, a large living room with a fireplace, several sitting areas, a library, a game room and an arts & crafts studio. Inside their apartment, your loved one will feel the comforts of home surrounded by their familiar furnishings, treasured keepsakes and family photos.
Consistent Care Assignments
Our attentive associates support your loved one throughout their day, whether during meals, taking medication, bathing or getting around the community. Through consistent care assignments whenever possible, we get to know your loved one and listen to their voices and choices, fostering relationships built on trust, loving concern and a sense of family.
The Clare Bridge Daily Path provides residents with a structured yet stimulating and challenging routine of programs that are failure-free. Activities include trivia and cooking, reminiscing for mental workouts, B-Fit for physical exercise, and gardening and painting to tap into current skills and help maintain abilities. Music is also an important part of life here, with karaoke and other music programs.
Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
At Brookdale Oakwell, we understand that techniques that work for one resident may not work for another. Instead, our Clare Bridge care partners are trained to provide person-centered care, which means we focus on understanding our residents’ histories, routines and preferences. But our memory care program is more than just a care approach. Our residents also benefit from our specialized environment, purposeful programming and kind staff to support them.
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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.