Memory Care Support Services
When home care for dementia patients isn’t enough, memory care units are often the next step. Memory care units are often found in assisted living communities and are specially designed to care for the unique needs of seniors with memory-related illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. As these diseases progress, it becomes difficult for seniors to remain at home. They find basic personal care routines such as bathing, dressing and using the bathroom challenging. They may forget to turn off the stove or lock the doors at night. Wandering is a common habit in dementia and Alzheimer’s cases creating dangerous even life-threatening situations. For the safety of both our seniors and caregivers, assisted living becomes the best option.
Those in memory care facilities receive the same services as seniors in assisted living with added supervision. Specially trained staff are available 24-hours a day to assist clients with everything from from housekeeping and laundry to dressing and washing. Research has shown that seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s may become easily stressed, confused and disoriented. The structured environment, routine and daily schedule in memory care units provides a stress-free lifestyle.
The physical layout of memory care units also seeks to limit stress. Common rooms with televisions, books and puzzles provide a space for residents to congregate and socialize. Individual rooms are often simple and do not have kitchens again with the resident’s safety in mind. Hallways are usually painted in a variety of colors to help seniors find their way. Memory care facilities generally have secure patio areas where residents may enjoy some fresh air without the risk of wandering off.
Lack of appetite is common with Alzheimer’s. Memory care units monitor a patient eating habits to make sure they are receiving the proper nutrition. They may also enlist unique techniques such as placing food on colorful plates so residents may distinguish their food from the plate and installing a fish tank. Studies have show that watching fish swim can stimulate appetite and is calming.
The Goal of A Memory Care Unit
The ultimate goal is to provide residents with a safe and secure environment that includes interesting and stimulating programs to improve cognitive skills. Clients will participate in a variety of activities including games, music, art, crafts and other programs designed to stimulate and improve memory and help slow the progression of the disease. In addition, these programs and social activities add to your overall quality of life offering purpose and contentment. Our advisors will help guide you in the direction of the memory care support services that meet your families memory care requirements.