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 Brookdale University Park specializes in memory care, our purpose-built community incorporates special features such as walkways designed to lead residents to areas of activity, way-finding cues and spaces decorated like home. With secured entries and exits and an enclosed courtyard and garden, we strive to help our residents experience sheltered freedom while encouraging independence to explore. You can 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
While our community is purpose-built to support those living with dementia, we don’t skimp on luxury. From our gorgeous dining room with large windows to our beautiful gardens, the perfect place to enjoy some time with friends, our community feels like home sweet home. Our apartments have plenty of natural light with peaceful and serene views to enjoy. Plus, the floor plans can remain the same if your loved one needs to transition from assisted living to memory care, giving them some familiarity and one less thing to worry about as their needs increase.
Consistent Care Assignments
Through consistent care assignments whenever possible, our compassionate care team helps create daily experiences for your family member so that they can live their best life with a sense of meaning and purpose. Knowing and being present with your loved one gives us a solid foundation to anticipate their needs and address behavioral expressions that may occur due to dementia symptoms. Care associates specialize in techniques like physical prompting and cueing to maintain independence, validation, and other communication techniques for better understanding and partnership.
Whether it’s engaging in creative pursuits or staying connected to hobbies or passions, days here are full of life-enriching, purposeful activities that can help preserve your loved one’s independence. Each resident is offered customized engagement that provides challenge and stimulation but remains failure-free. We also partner with many volunteers and organizations outside the walls of our community to offer a wide variety of ever-changing programs for our residents; and we are well-known for engaging local youth and school groups, resulting in meaningful multigenerational activities.
Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
If you need memory care and support, we can help. Our Alzheimer’s and dementia care community can help your family member find a sense of belonging and purpose while also helping them preserve who they are. We do this by providing your loved one with the same care partner whenever possible to encourage familiarity and relationship-rich care. Whether it’s our Clare Bridge program for mid to late stages of dementia or our Solace program for the advanced stages of dementia, we have purposeful programs with the compassionate care you and your family need.
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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.