The Benefits of Memory Support Communities

Optimized Care for Seniors Living With Alzheimer’s or Dementia

One of our communities published a helpful article, providing an overview of memory care communities and how they can offer support for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Wanting to give our own take on the topic, we’ve expanded on some of the ideas presented while elaborating on the many benefits of memory support communities.

Assisted Living Memory Care Benefits

Assisted Living Memory Care facilities, or dementia/memory support communities, offer the services of assisted living such as meals, laundry and housekeeping, as well as assistance with daily living from dressing to medication management. However, memory support communities have the added benefit of being designed specifically for those who are experiencing the effects of dementia, such as wandering and forgetting important routines like bathing. 

Memory care communities offer:

  • Secure sites for safety; look for those that offer indoor and outdoor space
  • Medication management to make sure medication is taken on time and as ordered to keep your loved one healthy
  • Escort services to make sure doctor appointments are attended and the return trip home is safe
  • Individualized care plans so your loved one has the opportunity to live their best life according to their needs and wants

How Memory Support Communities Are Set Up and Organized

Memory support communities are designed as individual apartments that still allow for privacy while providing social gathering spaces such as family style dining, living rooms and activity rooms. Activities with other residents are offered daily and staff will remind residents when an activity is available. Social interaction can keep the mind agile and improve the overall well-being of residents. 

In memory care communities:

  • Activities are specifically designed for those with dementia
  • A focus on total well-being ensures that activities address physical, spiritual and social as well as mental wellness
  • Staff remind and encourage everyone to attend and join in on activities so everyone who wants to participate feels welcome 

Memory support staff are trained to address the symptoms of dementia, including de-escalation techniques when a resident is agitated. All of this adds to the safety of each and every resident in our care. Memory care staff and communities may be certified or trained by a certified dementia care leader. They also have access to quiet areas where residents can relax and avoid overstimulation.

 

Enjoy the original article from The Preserve, located in Fort Myers, Florida.