Seniors living with varying stages of dementia require special care. There are three types of dementia care options available to families. They are in-home care, Dementia Care Assisted Living, and Dementia Care in a Nursing Home. In-Home Care is the best option if the Senior is in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Dementia Care Assisted Living is often referred to as Memory Care. The Senior receives the traditional Assisted Living Care with additional staff that specializes in the care of adults with AD. Safety is a priority and a variety of technologies are used to detect and prevent the resident from wandering. The third type of placement is a Nursing Home with a dedicated dementia program. These residents are often in the late stages of AD and have advanced medical concerns.
There are many benefits of finding the right Memory Care community for the Senior with AD.
Safety & Security
Often times families can't be present 24/7 to ensure the safety of a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease. In these cases Memory Care communities are available to monitor residents. The features main feature of these facilities are their systems in place to prevent and detect wandering.
Most of these communities have advanced training for staff members. They specialize in dementia-specific topics such as coping with Sundowner's Syndrome, preventing and safely managing wandering, and non-verbal communication skills.
The many enrichment activities at Memory Care communities are designed to support the Senior's remaining independence and abilities. Memory Care staff often utilize reminiscence therapy, animal therapy, art and music therapy, and more to create engaging experiences for the residents.
Mealtime can become difficult as AD advances. The caregivers at Memory Care communities understand the challenges that can arise. They are trained to adapt mealtime practices to suit the needs of the resident. Such practices include:
- Offer flavorful and nutritious meal options
- Accommodate individual preferences and routines to offer a sense of comfort and control
- Offer choices (with appropriate limits) that include favorite foods
- Provide small, frequent meals
- Use texture modification, including puréed foods and finger foods
- Use fortified foods and nutrition supplements when needed
- Promote self-feeding, with visually contrasting dishes and adaptive equipment
- Create a calm dining environment by limiting visual and auditory distractions
- Offer appropriate social interaction between the residents and caregivers
- Offer personal assistance, when needed
Rates range from $4000-$10,000 per month based upon apartment choice and assistance needed.
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