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 memory care environments are built specifically for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia, with way-finding cues, spaces decorated like home and large circular paths designed to lead your family member to areas of activity. Secure community outdoor spaces give your loved one a sense of independence while providing purpose with gardening, nature paths, outdoor exercise, sensory experiences and more. You can also have peace of mind knowing there is trained staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to be alerted to an emergency.
A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Surrounded by people who care about you and your favorite furnishings and keepsakes—that’s home. We help your loved one create that perfect apartment with easy-to-navigate floor plans, soothing wall colors and space for familiar decor. Our living spaces have plenty of natural window light and some even have a kitchenette. And you and your family can choose between private and semi-private apartments. Brookdale Skyline is also a pet-friendly community, so your loved one can bring their beloved four-legged family member along with them to their new home.
Consistent Care Assignments
With our kind and compassionate staff, you can feel a deep sense of peace knowing your loved one will thrive in a community where they are well known. They will benefit from the love and attention our care team provides as we walk alongside them each day, because each resident is assigned the same care partners whenever possible. This builds person-centered partnerships between your loved one and their caregivers, enabling us to anticipate unmet needs and lessen behavioral symptoms without needing to resort to medication in many circumstances.
No one should be defined by the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. That’s why our evidenced-based daily path of engagement is designed to help residents maintain their abilities and encourage the use of their current skills. With a gentle structure of six planned programs per day, such as Flex Your Brain, B-Fit, dominoes or culinary classes, your loved one can feel a sense of security and accomplishment that they are right where they need to be, all while preserving their identity and sense of self.
Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Each of Brookdale Skyline’s memory care programs is deeply rooted in a person-centered approach focused on creating feelings of purpose and belonging for your loved one. Our Crossings program is designed for seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia who often experience social isolation and a loss of self-esteem as they become aware of their own cognitive decline. Clare Bridge, our exclusive brand of memory care, assists those in the mid to late stages of memory loss. And with our Solace program, we help meet the unique needs of residents living with the advanced stages of dementia, striving to keep them engaged and continually making meaningful connections.
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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.
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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!
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