Memory Care Communities

The time may come when loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia can no longer take care of themselves or live alone.  Long-term memory care facilities can help you make sure they are safe and getting the specified help that they need.  There are many options, and it’s important to find one that is right for both of you. 

Care services usually fall into three groups: 

Respite care, providing short-term and time-limited breaks for families and unpaid caregivers;

Residential care/Memory care, providing specific types of long-term care in a residential setting; and

Hospice care, which is specialized care focusing on quality of life and compassionate care for people in the last stages of incurable disease.

How does memory care differ from assisted living?  Every assisted living home works to create a safe place for seniors. But memory care provides extra security to those in need of care for dementia.  Memory care provides a senior living community catering to people with memory challenges. These communities offer programs so residents can continue to live their lives with meaning.  Memory care homes focus on keeping dementia patients oriented. Experts design homes to help dementia patients not get lost or confused.  Memory care communities have trained staff to help those suffering from dementia. Professionals will work with memory care community members as their symptoms progress.

Memory care facilities tend to look and feel more normal when compared to other senior living options.  Memory care communities features unique layouts that include easy-to-navigate floor plans and other environmental design factors to help orient residence, minimize confusion, and prevent wandering.  Doors to the outside are typically in lock-down at all times.

The decision to move your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease into a residential facility isn’t an easy one for family and unpaid caregivers.  But it is often the best way to make sure that the daily level of care and safety is being provided. 

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