When a loved one is dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia, they often require attentive and expert care, along with an environment that’s safe and secure. A family member may not be able to give them the care they need and most homes are not built to accommodate the special needs of those with memory loss. That’s why 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.
What is Memory Care?
Memory care differs from other types of care in that it is specifically intended for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory problems. It is geared toward those who have already seen a doctor for a diagnosis and who are receiving medical care through a professional. Memory care steps in to provide additional support.
Benefits of Memory Care
If you are unsure if memory care is right for your aging loved one, here are some of the benefits memory care can provide.
Most memory care communities have many features in place to keep residents safe, such as an emergency response system, alarmed doors so they can’t wander out of the community, and a handicap accessible environment. Also, quite a few have outdoor enclosed courtyards, so residents can explore without getting lost.
Help with Daily Tasks
Certain daily tasks, like cooking meals and cleaning, are often included with memory care services. Memory care professionals ensure that your loved one is properly cared for each day. This care may include reminders about eating, bathing, and even preparing and serving meals.
One of the excellent benefits of a memory care facility is that there are plenty of activities. Activities can be tailored to the individual resident. That way, they can enjoy what they’re doing, build self-confidence, or have some social interaction. They can be one-on-one tasks with a staff member or perhaps group activities with other residents. Activities are often a core part of the care at a memory care facility.
No two cases of Alzheimer’s or dementia are the same, so most memory care facilities aim to deliver care that is tailored to the individual. It also takes their memory problems into account, which other options might not do. Staff members get to know residents on a personal level. They can learn their likes and dislikes, and how to comfort them if they are upset.
We offer two specialized memory care programs as part of our Assisted Living services. If you’d like to learn more about them, contact us today.