Memory Care for People with Alzheimer's and Dementia
Memory Care Residences
Memory care was conceived and designed for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairments to provide an enriched quality of life in a secure environment. With comfortable, home-like environments, memory care is carefully designed to preserve the residents’ sense of individuality and independence. For adult children and spouses who are the primary caregiver for family members diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory impairments, there are very few care options available. As an alternative environment to a nursing home, memory care offers a personalized approach to meet the needs of residents dealing with these difficult issues.
Memory care, in most cases, is a specialized unit within an assisted living community. These units are a secured environment for the resident’s safety and to prevent wandering. The security provides the families with a peace of mind. Even though they are secured, usually there is plenty of room for walking, activities and visiting with friends and family. The staff for memory care are typically well trained in handling Alzheimer’s and dementia residents and their related issues. Memory care staff is accessible 24 hours per day. Typical memory care includes three meals a day, assistance with medication, meals, bathing and personal grooming. Weekly housekeeping and cleaning of linens are also provided. Both private and semi-private units are usually provided.
Residents are assessed and an individualized service plan is developed to ensure that customized programs are developed that will maximize the resident's independence and dignity while providing a warm and safe setting. Residents are provided with personalized attention, nutritious meals and stimulating activities tailored to their own capabilities. Special activities and support services are offered to provide the maximum quality of life for those with memory loss. Activities are designed for each individual to promote and maintain his or her unique personality, skills and life experiences. As needs change, activities are modified to best suit the resident’s care needs and quality of life.
Additional benefits of memory care are:
- Suites may be furnished and decorated by the families so the resident’s personal furnishings and special mementos surround them;
- Enclosed outdoor seating area and/or walking path. The walking paths are used by staff to help soothe the residents during periods of agitation and anxiety;
- A living room for watching television, visiting with friends and family or participating in group activities;
- Activity areas where residents gather for exercise, games, classes, and memory stimulation activities; and,
- A dining room offering the warmth and comfort of a home kitchen with served meals and assistance for those who may need some help.
For more information about memory care or an Alzheimers residence in your area, please contact a Senior Living Advisor today at Golden Years Living Solutions at 800-987-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org