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
A secure environment is an essential part of good memory care. That’s why our building is protected by secured entrances and exits and includes enclosed outdoor areas so our residents can feel a sense of independence as we strive to help them securely explore the outdoor gardening area, courtyard and the rest of 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
Surrounded by your favorite things and people who care – that’s home. Our easy-to-navigate floor plans and extra details, such as soothing wall colors, provide the comforts of home. If you decide Brookdale Union Hills is the place for your family member, your next step is to choose an apartment floor plan. You have several options, but rest easy knowing there are no right or wrong answers. Each residence is pet-friendly and comes with plush wall-to-wall carpet, natural light, and ample closet space.
Consistent Care Assignments
Your loved one deserves to experience a full life in a place where they are well known. That's why we strive to provide your family member with the same care partners on a regular basis whenever possible to encourage familiarity and relationship-rich care. Our attentive staff handles chores such as laundry and housekeeping while providing support throughout the day, whether during meals, taking medication, bathing or more. We also invest in quality training and education to help keep our care team up-to-date on the latest dementia care techniques.
The Clare Bridge Daily Path is an evidence-based approach that offers a gentle daily structure of six planned programs. This routine helps our residents maintain their abilities, encourages the use of their current skills and provides a sense of security and accomplishment. Activities include a morning cognitive workout with discussions, brain games, music and art programs, physical fitness and movement classes like our B-Fit program, walking programs, and dancing.
Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Our care associates are familiar with our residents’ histories, routines, and preferences to support a person-centered relationship. This helps provide our residents with a sense of stability and comfort that they are well-known where they live. Our care programs are tailored to each individual, meaning they can vary significantly among residents. But one thing never changes. We meet your family member right where they are, regardless of the level of dementia, helping them to live their best life with independence, dignity, and courage.
- Emergency Alert System
- Pet Friendly
- Parking - Surface
- Beauty/Barber Shop
- Courtyard and Garden
- Private Dining Room
- Arts & Crafts Studio
- Game Room
- Walking Paths
- Wi Fi Access Throughout
- Landscaped Grounds
- Meeting Rooms
- Computer/Internet Access
- Postal Services
- Keypad Entry
- Ice Cream Parlor
- Personal Solutions
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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.
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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.