Serving as a caretaker for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia is a complicated undertaking. The progressive nature of these diseases means they grow more difficult and more complex over time, adding to the demands placed on caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that more than six million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s by the year 2050 – making the complexities of caring for a loved one with this disease even more common.
One of the most difficult points in the journey as a caretaker is answering questions related to safety and living situations. If your loved one is living at home, you may have safety concerns. If your loved one is living with family, you may feel more secure, but still have concerns about providing care as the disease advances. No matter your current situation, it helps to understand the support options available for dementia patients and their families.
What is Memory Care?
While there is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the progression of these cognitive impairments can actually be slowed or paused through specialized care. This type of care is offered at memory care facilities.
Memory care, often referred to as Alzheimer’s care, is a type of care specifically for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Memory care communities are designed to provide a safe environment for patients, while supporting them in maintaining their independence, preventing wandering and reducing confusion as much as possible.
While many senior living facilities offer excellent care for seniors, there are unique considerations when caring for patients with dementia. There are many benefits you should expect to gain from memory care communities that positively impact both patients and their families. These benefits include:
- Coordination of care between daily caregivers and other health care providers
- Person-centered dementia care is available
- Lower staff-to-resident ratios than in communities that do not specialize in memory care
- Unique designs and layouts to reduce confusion
- A secure environment to prevent wandering
- Supportive therapists trained in dementia care
- Experienced, caring staff who communicate proactively with family members
Wondering if there is a memory care community nearby? You can check out the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Community Resource Finder.
What to Look for in a Memory Care Facility
Once you have decided that a memory care community is the right choice for your family, it is important to find the one that best suits the needs of your family and your loved one. In order to make the best possible choice, consider the following:
- Who is on staff at this community?
- What type of training does the staff receive?
- Are there medical professionals on-site?
- Does the facility have circular hallways so the residents do not get frustrated by dead ends?
- Are the rooms and doors clearly labeled?
- Is there an enclosed outdoor area?
Food and Entertainment.
- Are there activities to keep your loved one engaged?
- What is meal time like?
- Do residents seem happy?
- As your loved one’s condition progresses, can this facility continue to provide care?
- What communication tools does the facility use to communicate with family members as your loved one’s condition changes?
A Safe and Secure Future
At Mount Prospect Senior Living, we are committed to providing personalized care for each of our residents. We understand the complications and questions that come along with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and we are here to support our residents, and their families, throughout their journey. Our expertly trained team members, known as care partners, complete certified training to be able to provide the best support and care possible for residents with memory loss. Our residents have access to care staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have the opportunity to participate in daily activities and research-based programming. Nutritious, delicious meals are served three times daily and special diets are no problem. The families of our residents have access to education and support groups, as well as introductions to community groups.
Do you have questions about Mount Prospect or memory care in general? We would love to answer your questions. Contact us here and we will contact you as soon as possible. Ready to set up tour? Click here to set up your private visit to Mount Prospect today!