According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people in the US have Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 80,000 Connecticut seniors have Alzheimer’s with the number rising to 91,000 by 2025. There are twice that number of caregivers, many unpaid family members and friends.
What is a Memory Care Community?
Memory Care Communities provide people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease with care that is tailored to their needs. Memory Care can take place in its own community or as part of an Assisted Living community.
Staff members of Memory Care Communities are specially trained to care for those with memory impairment. The communities coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Because people with Dementia are prone to wander (6 in 10 do so, according to the Alzheimer’s Association), Memory Care Communities have alarmed doors, elevators that require a code, and enclosed outdoor spaces to keep residents safe.
What Are the Benefits of Memory Care?
Memory Care Communities offer seniors with Dementia and Alzheimer’s numerous benefits, including cognitive stimulation, 24-hour monitoring, and support from specially trained staff. This can lead to other benefits like a higher quality of life, decreased use of medications, and improved medical care for other health issues.
Some of the most prominent benefits of memory care explained…
- Layout and physical environment: Many communities have circular hallways, so residents do not get frustrated by dead ends. Room and door clearly labeled with words and pictures to help residents find their way around. An enclosed outdoor area with a walking path that is secure.
- Staff: Caregivers in Memory Care Communities receive specialized training on strategies to help residents maintain as much independence as they can with their daily activities.
- Dining: Memory Care Communities understand that residents with Dementia may need assistance with dining or may need changes in food consistency. They offer individualized dining options.
- Activity Programming Based on Abilities: Activities are available that suit your loved one’s cognitive ability, memory, attention span, language, reasoning ability, and physical function.
- Care Services: Most Memory Care Communities have “all-inclusive” care, and they will assist residents with all their activities of daily living needs, such as bathing, dressing, eating.