Often, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia leaves families with more questions than answers. Most likely, one of those questions is what’s the best way to support mom or dad’s needs right now? Memory care may have been recommended as a solution, but many families aren’t familiar with the benefits. We can fix that, from what is memory care to how it can help mom or dad continue to enjoy a full and purposeful life.
First, let’s start with defining exactly what memory care is. This type of senior living is designed just for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. In memory care, you’ll find specially-trained staff, individualized support, 24-hour supervised care, a safe, comforting environment as well as opportunities to be active, have a purpose, and experience joy each day.
Although not every memory care community is the same, there are usually some common features that you can expect such as:
Memory care is typically offered in two settings, as a neighborhood or unit within an assisted living community or as a stand-alone community designed exclusively for those with dementia. Often, in either case, memory care will be on the same campus as other types of senior living which has advantages that include:
Memory care not only gives your loved one a number of benefits, but it also gives you peace of mind that they are receiving the care and enrichment they need in addition to the dignity, respect, and understanding they deserve. Specific benefits include:
While deciding when it’s time for memory care is a decision only your family can make, we feel it ultimately comes down to where your loved one will be able to make the most of life now and down the road. This goes beyond safety and care as it’s also just as important that they have enough social stimulation as well as opportunities to stay active and to find purpose. Consider your family as well, and the circumstances which will allow you to spend the most quality with your loved one as their son, daughter, husband, or wife versus their caregiver.
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