Memory care, refers to specialized communities and programs designed to meet the unique needs of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Memory care aims to provide a safe, secure, and supportive environment that allows residents to maintain as much independence as possible.
Memory care programs typically feature:
- Secure, dementia-friendly living spaces
- Custom & personalized activities and life enrichment programs
- Specially trained caregivers
- A daily routine and schedule that is consistent and easy to follow
- Nutritious meals with help for residents who need assistance eating
- Supervision and assistance with activities of daily living and personal care
- Integration of Physician, Rehabilitation, and ancillary medical care services
How to Know When it’s Time for Memory Care
The best time to consider a memory care residence is when safety becomes a concern for your loved one at home. Some early-stage signs it may be time:
- Familiar surroundings are no longer familiar or wandering behavior
- Difficulty performing everyday tasks independently
- Changes in hygiene, self-care and control of bladder or bowels
- Increased agitation, confusion, or abnormal behaviors
- Frequently repeating questions or stories
- Cognitive impairment such as the Inability to recognize family members, friends or remember names
Reminder: You should also speak with your healthcare provider or geriatric assessment center to receive a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options. Memory care facilities provide a safe environment and specialized care that can help slow the progression of symptoms and maintain quality of life.
We hope this overview provides a helpful starting point for understanding memory care and deciding if it may be right for a loved one living with dementia. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions!
Mayo Clinic – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/alzheimers/art-20048356
Alzheimer’s Association – https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/stages-behaviors/types-of-care
AARP – https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/financial-legal/info-2019/what-is-memory-care.html