In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the important factors to consider as you’re looking for the ideal memory care community for a loved one dealing with a condition like Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or a related disease. Those with such conditions tend to require particular circumstances and the right levels of care, and you want to ensure they will receive these at any community you choose.
At Avamere at Mountain Ridge, we’re thrilled to provide high-quality memory care services to many of our assisted living residents who require them. We’re happy to consult with prospective residents and their caregivers regarding all our memory care programs and how we can best serve your loved one, including answering any and all questions you may have. In today’s part two, we’ll go over a few other areas you should be evaluating while finding the idea memory care community for your loved one.
One theme that’s very important for seniors suffering from memory loss issues is the ability to retain independence where possible. While there may be certain areas such individuals require care or daily assistance in, being too overbearing or making them feel completely incapable is a big non-starter for proper care.
At Avamere, we instead focus on assisting residents where needed while allowing them to maintain as much control over their life as possible. Not only does this keep residents more comfortable, it has shown strong results for limiting further memory loss and keeping mental links strong. A community like ours that balances safety and care with senior independence is vital for long-term memory care.
In addition to allowing independence, quality memory care programs also offer regular activities and programs to enhance quality of life and comfort for those with memory care issues. While considering various facilities, ask about these specific programs – their timing, who they’re meant for, the kinds of programs and more. Ask who coordinates the events and whether you can consult with them as well.
Transition and Adjustment
Finally, a vital theme for many seniors with memory loss is staying comfortable, and a change in environment threatens this comfort. For this reason, it’s vital to ensure that a memory care facility has transitional planning and adjustment areas covered, including the days leading up to the move and the first several days or weeks after it. Ask how residents will be brought in and transitioned to their new life, plus the various comfort and related amenities that will be available to them as they adjust.