What is a Memory Care Community?

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SLE Staff answered 3 years ago

Memory Care Communities St. Louis, MO

Do you have a loved one suffering from Dementia or Alzheimers? Is it time to think of getting round-the-clock care for them?  Then maybe it’s time to consider a memory care community. A memory care community also referred to as Alzheimer’s care is a community that offers 24hr care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia.

These communities are similar to other senior living communities but they offer more care. They have staff to take care of your loved ones around the clock, attend to their specific needs, and prevent wandering. It’s a secure environment that still offers the comforts of home for your loved ones. They also have specialized trained staff and also offer memory therapy.

There are many benefits to living in a memory care community as they know and understand the unique needs of someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Living in such a community helps your loved ones maintain their skills for as long as they can while providing activities to help stimulate cognition and improve quality of life.

Some Benefits Include:

  • Secure facilities to prevent wandering off
  • Staff trained uniquely in Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Therapies specific to memory maintenance and development
  • Special layout to avoid and minimize confusion
  • Low staff to resident ratio
  • Dementia care that is person-focused
  • Care that works with and alongside other health care providers

As we know Dementia is a progressive disease. This means that it will only get worse as time goes on. This leaves not only your loved one but family members as well stressed and frustrated. As the disease progresses it becomes harder to care for your loved one on your own and may also become a safety issue. Memory care offers the support that is needed. Your loved one will be taken good care of 24/7.

Supportive Therapies Available:

  • Occupational Therapy – teaching coping skills to help deal with the memory loss
  • Music Therapy – singing or listening to music is proven to not only help with cognition but also ease agitation
  • Pet Therapy – a lot of memory care communities provide this type of therapy or have a resident pet as companionship for their residents
  • Art Therapy – art is believed to help slow cognitive decline as well as improve the quality of life
  • Reminisence Therapy – this therapy uses the five senses to help with the memory loss of people, places, and events
  • Aromatherapy – this is the use of scent to help bring back memories and also reduce agitation

So if you know of or have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or a form of Dementia then give Senior Living Experience a call today to discuss your options. We’ll help you come up with a plan of action and help you find a community that will be the perfect fit for you and your loved one. Senior Living Experience is your all-in-one senior concierge service for transitioning into senior living.

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