What to Expect From a Memory Support Residence
When a loved one is diagnosed with a memory impairment like Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the special care and level of attention they require is often beyond your ability to provide it yourself. It may be time to move them to an Alzheimer’s care center or memory care community. When that time comes, your hope, your goal, is that the care and attention they receive will match what you’d provide as someone who loves them more than anyone. And the memory support they receive in a community will extend to the kind of expert care only professional, highly skilled team members can provide. You should be able to rest assured knowing that’s the case. Memory loss doesn’t have to mean complete loss of quality of life for your loved one. Memory care communities often provide the best possible environment for someone with memory issues — allowing them to still enjoy life in many important and fulfilling ways.
The Benefits of Memory Care Communities
Key elements go into creating an atmosphere where those with memory impairment can thrive. Each aspect of a memory care community is thoughtfully considered and designed to address the specific needs of residents who need memory support.
1. Specialized Care. Memory care team members are specially trained to work with those who face memory loss, with expert experience in tending to their needs and maintaining relationships that bring calm and reassurance. They go above and beyond to provide essential care like medication management and assistance in daily living tasks. It takes a different approach to successfully care for someone with memory loss, one that memory care professionals are highly trained to achieve. This type of care is available 24/7 in a memory support community, making it the best option for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
2. Personalized Care. Memory care communities take a customized approach to care. Your loved one will have their unique needs assessed regularly, and their life experiences and stories will help shape the individualized care they receive. Memory care communities are often smaller to guarantee this personalized care, similar to a household where each resident has their own room, and everyone gathers in a communal space to have meals and participate in activities.
3. Safety and Security. Since people with memory loss often find themselves confused or disoriented, memory care communities are designed to minimize those anxiety-producing situations. Doors lock upon closing, 24/7 security keeps a watchful eye out for the safety of all residents, and most communities feature secure courtyards or gardens — allowing residents to enjoy freedom and fresh air. People should feel safe and secure in their environment, and the best memory support communities are designed in every way to help residents feel at ease and enjoy the best quality of life possible.
4. Specially Designed Environment. There are unique advantages to memory care communities you won’t find in any other level of senior living. Activities such as painting and music therapy are planned to engage and stimulate people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Some communities have sensory rooms or community pets. Close attention is paid to the details of the environment. From the color of plates and food choices to the addition of aquariums and art — each feature creates a careful balance of stimulation and soothing calm. Some communities are even built in a circular shape rather than rectangular, so residents are free to move at their own pace in a continuous motion.
When you leave after each visit to your memory support community of choice, you should feel confident you’re leaving your loved one in good hands. And in a more than capable community of team members who care about your loved one as an individual with unique needs and the capacity to function at their maximum potential. At The Buckingham, our memory support team members serve from the heart, and want you and your loved one to have the best experience possible during this tender time. Visit our Memory Support page to learn more about our program and offerings at The Buckingham.