Adult children often have many questions about moving their loved one into a senior living community. But one size does not fit all. While assisted living communities are best for seniors who just need some help with daily tasks, people living with moderate to severe memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia may be better suited to live in a community specializing in individuals with memory care loss.
Well programmed memory care communities can offer a number of specialized services for senior residents, but here is a list of services and amenities to look for as you evaluate memory care communities for your loved one.
- Specialized Care Plans. Specially trained caregivers should be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These individuals should be properly trained on how to care for a population suffering with various forms of Dementia.
- Private or semi-private rooms. Many memory care floor plans offer private kitchens, television sets and bathrooms. Memory care communities still grant residents their privacy, but caregivers are on-call and discretely conducting checks.\
- Daily meals. Chefs in memory care communities should be trained to meet seniors’ specific nutritional needs. Talk to the chef and see if they can accommodate specific individual dietary requirements.
- Games and activities. From visiting musical groups to trivia nights to bingo to art therapy, memory care programming should be designed with seniors’ interests and development in mind.
- Exercise classes. Staying active is an important part of healthy aging, which is why the best memory care spaces offer physical therapy or recreational low-impact sports like sit-down beach ball volleyball.
- Worship services. Memory care communities welcome people of all faiths and provide regular worship services and spiritual opportunities for residents.
- Housekeeping. Caregivers and professional staff of memory care communities should help residents keep their living spaces tidy with dusting, tending to the restroom, and providing laundry and linen services.
At The Preserve at Clearwater, our memory care programs begins with a Personalized Care Plan. Prior to move-in, we meet with residents and their loved ones to determine their needs, limitations, likes and dislikes. From there, we propose a plan that will provide a healthy amount of assistance and independence. We are happy to answer any questions about our assisted living or memory care options.
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