Tuesday, 18 August 2020 11:45

Defining Memory Care: What Is It And What Does It Involve?

Nothing is harder than watching a loved one slowly develop complex memory issues. Over time, their memory-related symptoms will worsen and you may feel increasingly overwhelmed by your responsibilities. Sooner or later, your loved one will need a professional caregiver to support their daily life. A full-time memory care home could be the perfect answer to your loved one’s condition, as such a residence can offer the ideal support they need.

But, what exactly is this specialized memory support service? How can those professional caregivers effectively aid your loved one and their developing memory issues? What kinds of available support systems can they utilize to benefit your loved one?

As dementia care professionals, we wanted to answer these questions and provide a guide to our memory support services. Let’s take a deep dive into this concept and define every aspect of it.

What Is Memory Care?

Simply put, memory care is a specialized form of assisted living that provides intensive care for people with memory loss. This kind of specialized care provides a safe and structured environment to help those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Some nursing homes and senior living facilities have special memory support units on-site. However, the best places for effective memory support services are stand-alone communities that specialize solely in that discipline.

The Basics Of Dementia Care Communities

These safe and nurturing environments are specifically designed to make the residents feel happy, healthy, and well-supported. Everything from the features of the residence to the on-staff memory support professionals are integral to the community’s atmosphere.

Within the safety of dementia care communities, residents are supported at all times by a number of memory loss professionals. Those staff members are specially trained to provide quality care for those afflicted by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Certified nurses are on-site 24/7 to provide medication administration and assist residents with their daily personal care responsibilities, as needed.

But, the best care homes for dementia will offer residents much more beyond their basic care needs. Some of the more notable features of exceptional dementia care residences include:

  • Enriching programs and activities - Daily games and planned recreation are essential for effective dementia care. Those activities can help residents maintain their abilities, improve cognitive function, and get more enjoyment out of the day.
  • A thoughtful and well-designed environment - Did you know that 6 in 10 people with dementia are prone to wander? Circular community layouts can help reduce confusion in residents and discourage wandering behaviors. Other aspects of the community, such as wall colors and decor, can have a great influence on those suffering from dementia. Soothing tones and personalized decorations never fail to make residents feel happy and calm.
  • Personalized care - Every person’s experience with memory loss is different. Therefore, the care treatments and ongoing therapies for each resident needs to be personalized to their individual condition. Everything from their private suites to their daily staff interactions should be customized to the resident.

To make the services well-rounded, many memory support communities will offer additional amenities. At The Creeks, for instance, our dementia support communities provide spa services, secure outdoor areas, home-cooked meals, and much more.

See Our Approach To Memory Care In-Person

If your loved one is struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia, we can lend a helping hand. We have been providing our memory support services since 2009 and we’re incredibly proud of what we can offer those afflicted by dementia. Our close-knit communities are fully staffed by highly experienced memory support professionals and certified nurses. We’ll leverage all of our resources to make your loved one feel right at home at The Creeks.

Contact The Creeks today to schedule a tour of a residence near you and see our services firsthand.