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
Because our community is built for just one thing, we get to be really great at it. Our community is designed from the ground up to help provide the security that seniors living with dementia need. With secured entrances and exits, and an enclosed outdoor courtyard and garden, our residents experience a sense of independence as we strive to help them securely explore their surroundings. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing there is trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to be alerted to an emergency.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Our community is built for comfort, with carefully styled common areas designed to give our residents a maximum right-at-home feeling. Visit, and you’ll see this in our dining room, with its large wall of windows providing plenty of natural light, intricately trayed ceilings, and bright chandeliers. Or in our beautiful, fireside community room, perfect for meeting up with friends for coffee. And our private apartments are a place for your loved one to be surrounded by the comfort of their familiar furnishings, treasured family photos and keepsakes.

Consistent Care Assignments
You want what we want—kind staff who consider your loved one family. Because your loved one deserves to experience a full life in a place where they are well known. That’s why we strive to provide consistent care assignments so that your family member is cared for by the same Brookdale associates whenever possible. This helps build out a relationship-rich partnership between a resident and their care provider, which in turn promotes familiarity and regularity. Our care team offers support throughout the day, whether during meals, taking medication, bathing, dressing or more.

Enriching Activities
We’re pioneers in memory care, and our Clare Bridge program was one of the first in the country to address the needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia residents, and we’ve never stopped perfecting it. Part of the program is a wide range of activities, with each resident involved in at least six each day, chosen to offer stimulation and challenge but remain failure-free. Activities at Brookdale Salem include dancing, our B-Fit exercise program, ice cream socials, and puzzle time, each designed to be dementia-friendly and to provide maximum social interaction.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Our memory care program is deeply rooted in a person-centered approach. We focus 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. This helps our team meet your family member's unique needs of early, middle or late stages of Alzheimer's and other dementia.

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Amenities

  • Emergency Alert System
  • Transportation
  • Parking - Surface
  • Concierge Service
  • Beauty/Barber Shop
  • Courtyard and Garden
  • Porch
  • Private Dining Room
  • Walking Paths
  • Wi Fi Access Throughout
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Fireside Living Room
  • Community Kitchen
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Postal Services
  • Keypad Entry
  • Ice Cream Parlor
  • Piano
  • Personal Solutions

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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.