It isn’t easy caring for a person with dementia. Their care needs become more intensive as the condition progresses. Dementia patients need memory care to manage their condition and protect their safety. But what is memory care?
This post will cover what memory care is and what families can expect from this type of senior care.
What is Memory Care? A Guide for Families
Memory care is a type of care for seniors experiencing dementia. This type of care generally occurs at a specialized residential facility. The care and environment create a secure and supportive setting to protect residents while helping them live fuller lives. It also includes various services to help seniors manage daily life while maintaining their cognitive abilities.
Now that you know what dementia care is, let’s look at the services and features.
Assisted Living Services
A memory care facility will offer many of the services of assisted living. Residents will have private or shared rooms. The facility will provide meals, personal care, cleaning, and more. However, memory care differs from assisted living in many ways.
Staff With Special Training
The facility will have staff with training in memory care. These professionals will know how to deal with the unique challenges of helping people with dementia. They create care plans, oversee daily activities, manage medications, and more.
Dementia care comes with a closer level of supervision. These facilities typically have a higher ratio of staff per resident. The team will ensure residents get to meals and attend various activities. They also check in more frequently to ensure the safety and care of residents.
Structure and Routine
Having structure is beneficial to dementia patients. A more predictable schedule helps residents feel more comfortable and secure. Knowing what to expect can also reduce anxiety and make it easier to manage life with dementia. For that reason, these facilities have more structure and maintain daily routines.
Memory care facilities also have more security than assisted living homes. The purpose is to prevent residents from wandering and getting lost. That’s why all doors lock, and all outdoor spaces should be secure. They might even have alarms on doors to alert staff if a resident goes somewhere they shouldn’t.
Keeping residents active is an essential part of dementia care. Most facilities will have physical and cognitive exercise for residents. Residents might do puzzles or play games that support memory function. Some facilities offer art and music therapy. Pet therapy as well as gardening is also becoming popular in memory care centers.
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