Comfort and Safety in a Supportive Environment
Memory care is a special kind of care provided to those with varying degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It involves creating a structured environment that has set schedules and routines in place to create a stress-free lifestyle, safety features to ensure the health of a senior, and programs designed to cultivate cognitive skills.
When a senior is dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia, they often require attentive and expert care, along with an environment that’s safe and secure. A caretaker may not be able to give a senior the care they need at all hours of the day, and most homes are not built to accommodate the special needs of those with memory loss. That’s why so many families turn to memory care communities, which can provide the needed expert care in an environment that has numerous safety features and supportive staff available around the clock.
One of the goals of memory care is to help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia while also enabling a senior to feel purpose, a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment on a daily basis. Memory care communities have trained staff, top-of-the-line resources, and expertly crafted activities to help accomplish this goal. For instance, a community may engage residents with brain fitness exercises and memory games, and by providing specialty food programs, both of which can help fight off the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia. And it’s all done in an environment that can make a senior feel comfortable and safe.
Features of a Brookdale Memory Care Community
Our communities have many features in place to keep residents safe, such as an emergency response system, alarmed doors so seniors can’t wander out of the community, and a handicap accessible environment. Also the majority of our communities have outdoor enclosed courtyards, so residents can explore without getting lost.
We want our residents to be well taken care of, which is why we offer a variety of services such as freshly prepared meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, escort assistance, and more. Plus all of our communities have onsite amenities, like a library and game room.
Our staff is the heart of our communities, and they are passionately committed to our residents each day. Staff members are carefully selected, and they receive initial and ongoing training on proper care techniques. They are also available around the clock for our residents.
Memory care residents thrive in an environment that feels comfortable and familiar. Many of our communities look similar to a private home with areas that residents can perform normal, everyday activities. Community features may also include easy-to-navigate floor plans, and soothing wall colors and floor patterns.
Not every person with Alzheimer’s has the same experience. That’s why we, at Brookdale, believe in providing care that’s centered on the individual. Whether that’s through the techniques we use or the activities selected, we try to take a person-first approach to care.
Each community plans fun and engaging activities each day such as social gatherings, fitness classes, live entertainment, and more. Activities are developed specially for memory care residents, and many are designed to help residents maintain current skills and improve cognitive functions.
Clare Bridge — Brookdale's own brand of memory care
At Brookdale, we embrace the Clare Bridge concept, a program that was created over 25 years ago and has continued to evolve by using the latest research and proven experience to deliver a high caliber of dementia care. The program is deeply rooted in a person-centered approach, and it incorporates different components that tackle some of the challenges facing seniors with dementia. One such component is the Clare Bridge Dining Program. Seniors with dementia can struggle with the dining experience — finding it difficult to use utensils or uncertain about the food they are about to eat. Our program address these concerns to help our residents master the dining experience.
Today, Brookdale is one of the leading providers in Alzheimer’s care in the United States — a direct result of the first-rate resources, care and environment that we offer our residents.
Memory Care Resources
We believe that no one should be defined by the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Maintaining identity and a strong sense of self comes from living a life filled with meaning and purpose and contributions — we believe having dementia shouldn’t change that.