Alzheimer’s Care and Memory Care
Is a memory care community right for you? Caring for a loved one with memory impairment can be highly stressful and overwhelming. At some point, it can become difficult or even dangerous to continue to do so at home. Your loved one may wander out of the home and become lost, or forget that they left the stove on. When safety issues begin to arise, a good memory care community may be the best solution for stressed-out families trying to do it all at home.
Memory care communities
Dedicated memory care facilities or memory care “neighborhoods” within Assisted Living facilities are designed specifically for those with memory impairment caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Their specialized features support those with decreased cognition in ways that seek to ensure safety and well-being — both physical and emotional — enhance comfort, decrease anxiety, and encourage activity and engagement with others in meaningful ways. Residents are free to move about the secure neighborhood and many also have safe, enclosed outdoor spaces to enjoy in good weather.
The design of common area spaces, colors, patterns, even the china selection are all carefully considered with the needs of memory impaired residents in mind. Activities and programming at the best memory care communities are specifically chosen to provide success and positive good feelings. Additionally, the best memory care communities provide specialized on-going training for caregivers and other staff.
You can expect the best memory care communities to provide the following:
- Secure environment
- Assistance with personal care needs – showering, dressing, appearance and grooming from specially trained staff
- Cuing, reminders and re-direction as needed
- Medication management – including obtaining prescriptions, refills, delivery and administration of medications
- Continence management – including providing reminders, continence support products if desired and assistance with their use
- Care management – including coordination of services provided by physicians and other healthcare providers, documentation, general health supervision and oversight
- Access to supportive outside health services, such as physical or occupational therapy, podiatry, psychiatric
- Family support and opportunities for family participation
- Visiting physician
- Private or shared apartment
- Three chef-prepared meals daily in a restaurant style dining room with some special dietary accommodations supported
- Dedicated dining room and common living areas
- Availability of snacks
- Activities, outings and entertainment
- Utilities, cable TV and phone service