When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, learning the world of memory care can feel daunting. Once you start speaking with people well versed in dementia care though, you will likely feel more supported. Memory care communities provide your loved one with a place to live and with assistance that is tailored to their needs. They can also help give you peace of mind about your loved one’s wellbeing, and educate you about Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Read on to learn more about the benefits of memory care communities and what to expect.
Memory care communities are built specifically for people with dementia, from their physical design to the people who staff them. Most memory care communities are secured so families don’t have to worry about their loved ones getting lost or wandering away. Teams at memory care communities are also specially trained to work with people who have dementia so they know the best approaches for helping your loved one feel understood, seen, and well-cared for.
Although people living with memory loss may not be able to do all the activities they used to, there are still opportunities for them to have fun and make connections. Memory care communities plan activities designed for people with dementia so residents who participate feel encouraged and accomplished instead of frustrated or confused. Many memory care communities include music offerings, as music has been shown to be a powerful therapeutic tool for those living with dementia. Sensory stations and memory boxes that allow residents to touch items and look through photos and mementos are also popular within memory care communities.
Support for Everyone
If you find out a loved one has dementia you may have endless questions and concerns. Memory care communities not only provide support for your loved one, but you and your family as well. Specialists in these communities are happy to answer questions, provide resources, and listen to what is challenging you or your loved one at the moment. Memory care communities often offer support groups for caregivers so you can talk with other people experiencing similar things to you.
Because memory care is so specialized, it can be more costly than other senior living communities. You and your family will want to research your options before making the decision to choose a memory care community. Consider the level of care your loved one requires and the features that will make them feel most at home. Interested in learning more about choosing an Artis Senior Living community? Visit our communities page to find a location near you.