What types of assistance does a traditional nursing home provide? How is a memory care community different?
Both nursing homes and memory care facilities offer assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, oral care, and medication assistance. But only memory care communities are specifically designed around the needs of people living with dementia. Memory care communities are fully staffed with professionals who are committed to caring for people with these specific challenges.
The professionals at memory care communities have vast experience with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory challenges. Staff members at memory care communities understand that all of your loved one’s behaviors are in response to a perceived situation. These expert team members become detectives in order 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 will also provide specialized programming and care specific to your loved one’s needs.