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 easy-to-navigate floor plans and extra details, such as soothing wall colors, provide the comforts of home so your loved one can feel comfortable and not overwhelmed. With secured entries and exits and enclosed walking areas, our residents living with dementia or other cognitive challenges can securely explore the courtyard and the rest of their surroundings.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Your loved one will enjoy community areas set up for secure and comfortable engagement in gardening, kitchen work, handyman help, and other daily tasks. Life skills activities provide a sense of purpose, meaning and belonging as residents complete tasks related to everyday life. Your family member can also feel a sense of comfort and familiarity in their apartment with their treasured keepsakes, family photos and favorite furnishings.

Consistent Care Assignments
From activities of daily living and managing medication to offering gentle guidance and reminders throughout the day, our care team is here to provide the kind of stability and predictability that can help your loved one thrive. Through consistent care assignments whenever possible, our care associates get to know your loved one’s histories, routines and preferences in order to offer more holistic wellness and personal care.

Enriching Activities
Your family member will engage in gently structured programming tailored to preserve their abilities, encourage the use of their current skills and help them maintain their quality of life for as long as possible. Whether they’re gardening with the Garden Gang, attending devotions, listening to music or meeting with the book club, programs are challenging and stimulating but remain failure-free.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Through a person-centered approach, our memory care helps each resident find a sense of belonging and purpose while also helping them preserve who they are. Your loved one will experience security, daily engagement and customized care designed to allow them to flourish even with advanced expressions of dementia.

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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.