What Is Memory Care?
Memory care is one of the most valuable services we provide for our residents. This specialized form of long-term care is intended to meet the needs of those with memory impairments like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Our memory care communities offer a secure environment for patients to live independently despite these and other cognitive impairments. We accomplish this through constant support, engaging activities, and specialized therapies tailored to each resident’s unique needs. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what memory care is and how it allows our residents to live with dignity.
Memory Care Communities
Many families find themselves in the difficult position of caring for a struggling family member while also managing their own responsibilities. A memory care community can alleviate some of this burden by providing physical, mental, and emotional support for their loved one. They offer a safe place for residents to live independently with access to fun activities, social interaction, and ongoing medical support
Specialized memory care communities like ours meet the specific needs of individuals in cognitive decline. For example, our loving staff provides 24-hour supervision and assistance to ensure our residents always feel safe and supported. They understand that those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease deserve grace and compassion no matter their age or condition.
Benefits of Memory Care
There are many noteworthy benefits of memory care for our residents. For one, it helps them to remain independent in an environment where they can continue to live comfortably without concern for their safety or well-being. Plus, it also allows their family members to rest assured that their loved one is receiving quality care from well-trained professionals who understand their unique needs.
These communities also provide beneficial amenities for residents. For instance, our memory care communities support activities that promote cognitive stimulation such as crafts, games, music, and physical exercises. Each activity considers the capability and mobility of your loved one while keeping their mind active and engaged. Specific support services often vary between facilities, but our memory care communities and our partners provide the following:
- 24/7 access to medical professionals,
- Medication management,
- Mental health services,
- Nutrition counseling,
- Homecooked meals,
- Physical therapy,
- A 24-hour monitored campus, and
- Weekly housekeeping and laundry services.
What Makes a Reputable Community?
When choosing a memory care community, always determine whether it meets the relevant regulatory requirements. Assess things like current staffing levels, enforced safety measures, and overall cleanliness standards. It’s also crucial to ensure staff members receive training related to dementia or Alzheimer’s care so they can best serve the needs of individual residents.
Finally, consider the various amenities provided by each memory care community. Things like included transportation, 24-hour monitoring, individualized care plans, mobility support, and a high staff-to-resident ratio will ensure your loved one gets the most from their new living arrangement.
Assisted Living vs. Memory Care
Memory care facilities differ slightly from assisted living communities because they focus on providing specialized services for individuals in cognitive decline. A reputable memory care community will generally have a higher average staff count so each patient can always receive the help they deserve. Plus, they often guarantee the 24-hour monitoring needed for some residents to feel secure at all hours. Assisted living communities may not provide these types of services, though they still offer personalized assistance for those who need it.
Compassionate Care at The Waterford
Memory care provides a secure, homelike environment for patients struggling with cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s or dementia. These communities also provide homecooked meals, mental health services, and assistance with many activities of daily living. This allows residents to continue living with independence and dignity regardless of their cognitive ability.
If you’re looking for a long-term living arrangement for your loved one, then we’d love to discuss your options together. We welcome you to contact us with any questions or concerns about our memory care or assisted living communities. Our mission is to improve the lives of our residents and their families, and we’ll gladly explore how one of our communities can support your unique needs.