If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you may be considering senior memory care communities as an option for their long-term care. Naturally, you’ll want to know everything you can about these communities before you move your loved one there.
Luckily, we have some answers for you. By knowing what to expect when your loved one goes to a memory care facility, you can make an informed decision and feel confident that they are getting the care they deserve.
Specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia
It’s all in the name. Memory care communities are designed specifically to serve people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This type of facility isn’t just a nursing home with a more specific name. Memory care facilities typically provide 24-hour supervised care, so you know there is always someone watching over your loved one.
Dementia experts often design these facilities to reduce the risks of dangers associated with wandering. Design features can include color-coded hallways and doors to reduce anxiety and confusion in residents. These communities have been known to provide residents with a higher quality of life, as they can often reduce medication, medication side effects, injuries, and falls while increasing nutrition, wellness, socialization, and independence.
Residents will not be isolated
Too often, the picture of a dementia treatment facility includes residents wasting their hours away in isolated rooms. In reality, a memory care unit will host specialized social and therapeutic programs in order to keep residents engaged and happy. The unit may be located in a separate section of a larger assisted living facility, but this is in the interest of providing the specific care described above. Within this section, the level of socialization is just as high as everywhere else in the facility.
Families will receive support too
The simple comfort of knowing that your loved one is receiving constant care from trained professionals provides many families with an immense amount of support. Memory care communities often offer specific outreach programs for families of residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Staff at the facility understand the difficulties a family faces when a loved one has dementia, so they are ready to help families navigate those challenges with helpful tips and information.
Making the decision about your loved one’s long-term care is never easy, but it can be made simpler when you know the quality of care they will receive. Contact Heritage Hills of Oceanside today to find out more about the memory care options available for your loved one.