What is Memory Care?

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Memory care, refers to specialized communities and programs designed to meet the unique needs of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. A memory care program aims to provide a safe, secure, and supportive environment that allows residents to maintain as much independence as possible.

Memory care programs typically feature:

  • Secure, dementia-friendly living spaces
  • Custom & personalized activities and life enrichment programs
  • Specially trained caregivers
  • A daily routine and schedule that is consistent and easy to follow
  • Nutritious meals with help for residents who need assistance eating
  • Supervision and assistance with activities of daily living and personal care
  • Integration of Physician, Rehabilitation, and ancillary medical care services

How to Know When it’s Time for Memory Care
The best time to consider a memory care residence is when safety becomes a concern for your loved one at home. Some early-stage signs it may be time:

  • Familiar surroundings are no longer familiar or wandering behavior
  • Difficulty performing everyday tasks independently
  • Changes in hygiene, self-care and control of bladder or bowels
  • Increased agitation, confusion, or abnormal behaviors
  • Frequently repeating questions or stories
  • Cognitive impairment such as the Inability to recognize family members, friends or remember names

Reminder: You should also speak with your healthcare provider or geriatric assessment center to receive a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options. Memory care facilities provide a safe environment and specialized care that can help slow the progression of symptoms and maintain quality of life.

We hope this overview provides a helpful starting point for understanding memory care and deciding if it may be right for a loved one living with dementia. Read our guide on finding the right long-term care and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions!

Cited Sources:

Mayo Clinic – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/alzheimers/art-20048356
Alzheimer’s Association – https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/stages-behaviors/types-of-care
AARP – https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/financial-legal/info-2019/what-is-memory-care.html

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