Memory care facilities are care homes that provide specialized nursing for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or from some other form of dementia and who have special needs that exceed the capabilities of assisted care facilities. Memory care facilities are also homes that feature layouts and amenities designed especially for ensuring the safety of people with Alzheimer’s, such as marked corridors and arrangements that prevent wandering. Here are some of the benefits of placing a parent with Alzheimer’s in a memory care facility.
Freedom and Security
Alzheimer’s disease is associated with many symptoms that make it unsafe for the sufferer to live alone. Memory care facilities are designed to ensure the maximum safety of the residents, with non-slip surfaces and marked spaces to prevent slip and fall accidents, confusion and wandering. The personnel working in memory care are trained to ensure the safety of the residents while also ensuring their freedom and quality of life, encouraging mobility while reducing the risk of slip and falls and wandering.
An Atmosphere that Feels Like Home
Transitioning to a new environment can be tough for anyone, especially for Alzheimer sufferers, who are very attached to their usual environments. Most Alzheimer’s Senior Living facilities provide various floor plans to choose from, allowing their residents to take their personal belongings with them to their new place.
One of the challenges that make caring for an Alzheimer’s sufferer in a family environment is the need to provide care and attention around the clock. Memory care facilities provide skilled nursing services 24/7, with permanent monitoring of the resident’s condition and emergency care that gives the residents as well as their families peace of mind.
Ensuring Healthy Nutrition
Another challenge addressed successfully in memory care facilities is balanced, healthy nutrition. The residents in these facilities can get meals prepared to meet their preferences and tastes and the facilities make sure that residents receive and also eat their meals.
Ensuring that Medication is Taken as Prescribed
Not taking medication at the prescribed intervals and in the prescribed dosage is also a common problem with Alzheimer’s sufferers – they might either forget to take their meds or they might forget that they have already taken their pills and take them again before it is time for the next dose. One of the most important duties of memory care nurses is the correct administration of medication to ensure that comorbidities are kept under control for as long as possible.
Opportunities to Socialize
Isolation and loneliness are frequent emotional problems for Alzheimer sufferers. Memory facilities provide help with this issue as well, by organizing special programs for the residents as well as through various therapy sessions. The residents of such facilities are encouraged to spend time together enjoying cultural events as well as to participate in community activities designed to ease feelings of loneliness and to encourage the development of new friendships. Family members and friends are also encouraged to visit – most facilities allow for shorter as well as for longer visits as frequently as possible.