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 community and secure outdoor spaces like our patio are built dementia-friendly with way-finding cues and security and ease in mind. We have an emergency call system that can be used to alert a staff member if your loved one has an emergency need, and we have trained staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
You can help your loved one choose from several different apartment floor plans, ranging from cozy studios to spacious two-bedroom layouts. Whichever one you pick, you can rest assured that it was designed from the ground up to feel and function like a home, with large windows to let in abundant natural light, private baths, plenty of storage, soothing wall colors and plush wall-to-wall carpet.

Consistent Care Assignments
We spend time learning about each resident’s past, their likes and dislikes, and what makes them feel known and cherished throughout an ordinary day. And with consistent care assignments whenever possible, your loved one can be cared for by the same Brookdale associates. These assignments help encourage relationship-rich care and familiarity and enable us to problem-solve behavioral expressions that may arise.

Enriching Activities
No matter where your loved one is on their journey, they will enjoy stimulating activities that promote a sense of purpose, meaning and belonging each day. Through our daily path of engagement, your loved one will experience a gentle daily structure of six planned programs designed to help maintain their abilities and tap into current skills.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Whether we’re providing personal dining assistance and gentle reminders or helping with daily tasks like managing medication, bathing and dressing, we’re committed to helping your loved one feel secure and well-known. Knowing your family member through person-centered partnerships, rather than just focusing on the disease, allows us to offer more personal care so your loved one can flourish even with advanced expressions of the disease.

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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.