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 easy-to-navigate floor plans and common areas help create a secure and comforting environment for your family member. Your loved one can also preserve their independence and find purpose with gardening and outdoor exercise in our enclosed outdoor courtyard. Plus, you’ll 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
With carefully-considered flooring, soothing wall colors and wayfinding cues, our community offers spaces for your loved to feel secure in their surroundings. And while our common areas are designed for engagement and socializing, our apartments offer privacy and a quiet place after a fun-filled day. Your family member can bring their favorite furnishings, family photos and mementos to help make their apartment feel familiar and comfortable.

Consistent Care Assignments
We have trained staff specialized in providing the kind of stability and predictability that helps seniors with dementia thrive. Through consistent care assignments whenever possible, our care associates provide relationship-rich care for your loved one built on trust, loving concern and a sense of family. Knowing your loved one and listening to their voices and choices helps us anticipate unmet needs and lessen behavioral symptoms.

Enriching Activities
We go above and beyond just planning activities for your loved one. Each resident engages in research-backed programs that provide ample opportunities for socializing and enrichment. Your loved one will enjoy programs like reminiscing, dancing, art projects and armchair travels. We also have areas of the community set up for life skills activities that provide purposeful and meaningful moments.

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Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Maintaining identity and a strong sense of self comes from living a life filled with purpose, meaning and contributions. And with gentle guidance and visual reminders, our team can help your loved one find a sense of belonging and purpose while also helping them preserve who they are. As the disease progresses, we can also care for most of the additional health issues that may arise. Brookdale West Orange has purposeful programs with the compassionate care you and your family need.

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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.