When a Loved One Needs Memory Care
Loved ones suffering Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other progressive memory problems will eventually need round-the-clock memory care for safety and quality of life reasons. Memory care provided by assisted living facilities (ALFs) offer personal care support (bathing, dressing, meals), medication management and activities designed to improve physical and emotional health. ALFs further enhance the ability of memory care patients to remain as independent as possible by constructing memory care housing with structural and color design principles proven to reduce stress and anxiety in ALF residents.
Benefits of Assisted Living Communities that Provide Memory Care
Many people with memory issues do not need extensive medical care but require more assistance performing daily tasks than can be provided at home. ALFs offer those who are experiencing more than just periodic forgetfulness the ability to live independently in their own separate apartment. Along with meals, transportation and housekeeping services, ALFs make sure your loved one gets to all scheduled medical appointments, attends field trips with other members of the community and remains involved in hobbies they enjoy.
States Provide the Legal Definition of Assisted Living Memory Care
Although assisted living facilities offer assistance for people with various forms of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, they are also equipped to take care of people with mental disabilities as long as the disability does not cause the person to act in ways dangerous to themselves and others. All states have enacted legislation that defines the level of care provided by memory care facilities as well as “what conditions are prohibited from being cared for in such a facility.”
Memory Care Helps Manage Behavioral Issues
In addition to personal care and medicine management, ALF memory care provides therapeutic programs to address the frustration felt by people with AD or dementia, as well as other dementia-related behaviors that reduce their quality of life. As loved ones enter different stages of Alzheimer’s, they may begin exhibiting a variety of previously unseen behaviors, such as aggression, paranoia, “sundowning” and auditory/visual hallucinations. Calendars, daily routine schedules that written in an easy-to-understand format and other memory aides are useful for minimizing the frustration someone feels when their memory is impaired. Loved ones in the moderate stage of Alzheimer’s can benefit from memory training exercises that not only improve memory but may help delay progression of the disease.
Memory Care Offers Support for Families of Loved Ones with Dementia
Healthcare professionals working in memory care housing within an assisted living facility can give you the kind of practical advice, medical information and reassurance you need to have peace of mind when you must put a loved one in an ALF. Since they will be working one-on-one with your parent, grandparent or other family member, they represent a critical link solidifying the bond between you and your loved one.