Learning About Your Loved One’s Memory Care Options? These Are The Basics
If your loved one is beginning to experience memory challenges, you’re likely looking into your options to get them the care they deserve. But did you know there is a specific type of senior care that is targeted to serve those living with memory challenges? It’s called memory care, and it may be the right choice for your loved one if they are beginning to experience these issues.
Memory care is a specialized type of senior care that is meant to support the needs of seniors experiencing memory challenges. Memory care can be provided at home or in a specialized memory care community like Woodland Creek.
At a memory care community, your loved one will be surrounded by trained staff members that are experienced in working with seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory conditions. Such communities will also often provide specialized activities and memory-support programming for their residents. At Woodland Creek, these research-backed programs include aromatherapy, virtual reality therapy, life skills stations, music therapy, and more.
How is a memory care community different from a nursing home?
Both nursing homes and memory care facilities offer residents assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, oral care, and medication assistance. But memory care communities go the extra mile for residents experiencing dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory challenges.
The professionals at memory care communities have vast experience with memory conditions. Staff members at memory care communities understand that all your loved one’s behaviors are in response to a perceived situation. These expert team members become detectives to get to the root of those responsive behaviors and resolve the response through a holistic approach. In contrast, nursing home staff may not receive the same training as memory care communities’ staff and may therefore opt to sedate someone with challenging behaviors rather than resolve the response in another manner.
A memory care community will not only provide assistance with the activities of daily living, but they will also provide specialized programming and care specific to your loved one’s memory needs.
What are my loved one’s care options?
As they age, your loved one’s memory care needs will change. Ensure that the care your chosen community provides will change with them. The community you choose for your loved one should offer a variety of care options, including assistance with the activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, oral care, etc.), medication management options, and on-site activities and programming suited to your loved one’s needs. At Woodland Creek, we offer transitional assisted living, assisted living, and memory care options for our residents. If their needs change, their Person-centered care plan will change with them.
How will I know if my loved one needs a memory care community?
Only you, your loved one, and their doctor can determine if they need the specialized care provided by a memory care community. Conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s are progressive, meaning that your loved one’s memory care needs will change over time. If you, your loved one, and their doctor believe they could benefit from the memory-supportive programs, social interaction, and activities at a memory care community, it may be time to look for the right option.
And because the care options at Woodland Creek span from transitional assisted living all the way to memory care, any level of care that your loved one needs or will need is covered. And because their care plan will regularly be reevaluated along with input from you and their medical team, you can be confident knowing that as their personal care and memory care needs change, they will be well taken care of.
If the time has come for you to look for a memory care community for your loved one, Woodland Creek is ready to welcome them home!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour, contact the friendly team at Woodland Creek today.
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