ALL ABOUT MEMORY CARE FACILITIES
There are available options in the form of residential memory care for individuals experiencing memory loss and cognitive impairment to any degree due to aging or any other condition leading to cognitive impairment.
One in five Americans in their 70s experiences a mild form of memory loss.
Experiencing memory loss as an adult is feeling some role confusion. They may feel as though they are no longer productive members of society. This may lead to a feeling of general depression and despair.
While it may worry you that your loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it should comfort you to learn that this doesn’t have to mean sacrificing their quality of life. Measures can be taken for seniors and others suffering memory loss from falling into despair.
Engaging in meaningful daily activity, surrounded by people who understand their predicament and encourage a positive outlook on life, provides those who are memory challenged with a sense of purpose and belonging. Memory care helps those struggling with memory loss to preserve their skillset via a consistent course of engagement.
Individuals who have dementia due to any number of medical reasons need a high level of professional care and supervision. Also referred to as Special Care Units or Alzheimer’s Care Units, memory care facilities offer shared as well as private living spaces. Sometimes they form a particular unit of a nursing home, though memory care can also be provided in standalone care residences.
Trained staff provide 24 hours of supervision per day in order to care for the particular needs of dementia patients. In addition to providing supervision in assisted living facilities, memory care centers arrange for memory stimulating activities like arts and crafts, music and dancing, games, and sports, to slow the disease’s progression.
Why Choose Memory Care Residencies?
Centralized Kitchen and Food Preparation
Memory care facilities, unlike some assisted living residences, do not have individual kitchens in order to keep the stress levels of their dementia patients at a minimum.
Safe and Secure
Many memory care residencies offer a secure outdoor place that allows Alzheimer’s patients who have a propensity to wander, a place they can explore nature unabated, without the typical risk of disappearance. Safety checks are also frequent and–in some memory care residencies–they go as far as to track patient movement with alarm bracelets that go off when users get near an exit in the facility.
Additionally, memory care members of staff are cautioned against leaving poisonous substances like detergent and shampoo within reach of the residents. 24/7 security and CCTV cameras also play a critical role in ensuring that the administration can supervise who walks in and out of the building.
A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
When a facility is designed to provide lots of sunlight and easy access to bathrooms and other amenities, it creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors–much like a self-contained home.
By ensuring that the floor plans are not complicated to navigate and that the walls are covered in appropriate colors, such designs allow patients to be at ease and feel comfortable enough to enjoy their stay and move freely around the facility.
While it may be hard to schedule the rigors of living in the outside world, memory care facilities operate under strict schedules to meet the needs of dementia patients who do better with routine.
Enriching and Memory Building Activities
In memory care units, patients enjoy a full social calendar that keeps changing in order to keep things fresh. These activities keep residents engages with a stress-free structure of planned fun activities that encourage the use of their current skillset.
Activities such as dancing, art classes, music programs, and brain games keep residents active. Socialization is also encouraged to improve the residents’ mood and memory function.
Regular exercise and physical activity led by specially trained physiotherapists and fitness instructors also help to boost and maintain brain function. Mnemonic exercises and strategies to remember things such as names can help dementia patients improve their memory and learning ability.
While it may be challenging to plan for or even think about the available options for care outside the home for your loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s, understanding memory care facilities and the role they have is vital to maximizing their quality of life. By supporting your family members through specialized memory care, you can help them find a sense of self and to feel useful and involved in society instead of increasingly invalid and mired in despair.
Memory loss is not always caused by the Alzheimer’s. Other factors such as Parkinson’s, infectious disease, poor nutrition, dehydration, thyroid, and other hormonal imbalance, mental illness such as depression, anxiety, stress, and drug abuse can also contribute to memory loss. Specialized staff can map out the exact causes of memory loss in your loved one over an extended period in a stress-free environment.
Displaying positivity and confidence towards’ your loved one’s outcome once diagnosed with cognitive impairment and memory loss is imperative. Checking them into a memory care facility where the positivity can be reinforced with supervision, safety, schedule regulation, as well as home care, physical and memory activities, socialization, can be the difference between a slow recovery and total degradation of cognitive ability.
While it is entirely reasonable for everyone to experience declines in memory with age, there are things you can do to impede more significant loss. Ensuring your loved one is taken care of physically, mentally and emotionally in a memory care facility can make a marked difference to how their brain reacts to the aging process and how well they retain their memory.