Beginning the Transition

For many caregivers, memory care communities signal the end of something, but it doesn’t have to be seen that way. Modern memory care communities are structured to help seniors with memory loss retain their memory and independence with their specialized care, nutritious meals, social activities and more.

Making the transition to a memory care community from home should be done in small steps. Here are some tips for caregivers to keep in mind:

  1. Visit the new community. Go with your loved to the new memory care community and let them take part in the activities. Introduce them to the staff and let them see the type of room they would live in. Once you’ve selected a community, take them on weekly visits so they can get familiar with the residents and the staff.
  2. Tell their story. Sharing your loved one’s likes and dislikes, hobbies, and passions will help the memory care staff cater to your loved one. Knowing what matters to your loved one will help staff develop a personal relationship and allow them better establish a care plan.
  3. Move in the good memories. Schedule a time you and your family can move you’re loved ones favorite belongings and try to arrange them in a way that is similar to their previous home. Seniors with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia take comfort in what they recognize. Help them decorate a room that will be calming and comfortable.

There may be days when your loved one wants alone time, while there may be other days when your loved one wants to be surrounded by their family. Try to accommodate these wishes as best as you can so that they can still feel in control of their life.

Let Us Help

Brookdale knows how difficult it can be to transition your loved one to a memory care community. That’s why we work with both residents and their families in this next phase of life. Caregivers can rest easy knowing that our memory care community is designed with maintaining as much of our residents’ independence as possible with a lifestyle that stimulates emotionally, physically, and intellectually. 

For more information about making the transition, contact a Brookdale senior living advisor at the number listed above.