Memory support communities or dementia support communities offer all the services of an assisted living community. These services include meals, laundry, housekeeping and assistance with daily living from dressing to medication management.
However, memory support communities are designed specifically for those experiencing the effects of dementia. These can include wandering and forgetting important routines such as bathing.
These facilities provide activities for socialization, stimulation and safety of people suffering dementia and needing memory support.
Memory Support Communities: Stimulation for an Active, Healthy Life
Memory support offers daily activities specifically designed for appropriate mental stimulation to keep the mind active and nimble. Interactive programs such as It’s Never Too Late® offer games, quizzes and music therapy. These are available on demand and ready when someone needs or wants to engage. Many communities also offer secure outdoor spaces and fitness activities to keep the body healthy, too.
Memory Support Communities: Socialization to Combat Isolation and Loneliness
Social isolation is dangerous for anyone. But according to the CDC, isolation poses an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, anxiety and suicide. This is particularly true of aging adults living with dementia who may be homebound and unable to drive. They may forget social engagements.
Memory support communities are designed as individual apartments that allow privacy. In addition, they provide social gathering spaces such as family style dining, living rooms and activity rooms. Activities with other residents are offered daily. Staff will remind residents when activities are available. Social interaction can keep the mind agile and improve the overall well-being of each resident.
For Caregivers: Safety for Security and Peace of mind
Those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia may reach a stage where they:
- Become disoriented and unable to find their way home
- Wander at various times during the day and night
- Become easily agitated.
These are all symptoms that are a safety risk for the person living with dementia. Additionally, these symptoms are also difficult for caregivers to monitor and provide appropriate assistance.
Memory support communities are secure places that prevent unwanted egress. In addition, memory support staff are trained to address the symptoms of dementia. They also know how to employ de-escalation techniques when a resident becomes agitated. All of this adds to the safety of every resident in our care.
In the end, a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia living in a memory support community is provided mental stimulation, consistent access to socialization and increased safety. If you have a loved one who can benefit from memory support, contact our memory care senior living specialists to get the facts you need to make an informed decision.