What is memory care?
Memory care is a special kind of care provided to those with varying degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It involves creating a structured environment that has set schedules and routines in place to create a stress-free lifestyle, safety features to ensure the health of a senior, and programs designed to cultivate cognitive skills.
When a senior is dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia, they often require attentive and expert care, along with an environment that’s safe and secure. A caretaker may not be able to give a senior the care they need at all hours of the day, and most homes are not built to accommodate the special needs of those with memory loss. That’s why so many families turn to memory care communities, which can provide the needed expert care in an environment that has numerous safety features and supportive staff available around the clock.
One of the goals of memory care is to help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia while also enabling a senior to feel purpose, a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment on a daily basis. Memory care communities have trained staff, top-of-the-line resources, and expertly crafted activities to help accomplish this goal. For instance, a community may engage residents with brain fitness exercises and memory games, and by providing specialty food programs, both of which can help fight off the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia. And it’s all done in an environment that can make a senior feel comfortable and safe.
What sort of safety systems are in place to deal with memory care patients?
Lexington Medical Lodge is equipped with tracking systems such as bracelets that are put on the patients upon admission if they require it. Our systems track their location, and also notify us should they somehow leave the premises. The facility is secured every night at lights out, and of course our staff is on call at all times.
What is a memory care unit?
For individuals with dementia who require a higher level of skilled care and supervision, memory care units are an ideal option. These units offer both private and shared living spaces. Sometimes they exist as a wing within an assisted living facility or nursing home or they can operate as stand-alone residences. Twenty-four hour, supervised care is provided by staff trained to care for the specific needs and demands of dementia patients. Memory care units offer the same services as do assisted living facilities, in addition to activities that are intended to stimulate the memory of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and possibly slow the progression of the disease. Activities may involve music, arts and crafts, games, etc.