When someone is dealing with dementia, Alzheimer's or another memory disorder, it can be frustrating for them and their family. In many cases, family caregivers want to provide their loved ones with the best possible lifestyle, but they don't have the resources, knowledge or time to do so. Sometimes, a family has done a great job supporting a loved one with a memory issue, but the disease has progressed to a point that it's simply not safe for the person to remain in their home.
One option that can help everyone involved with peace of mind and quality of life is memory care in an assisted living community.
Memory care is a level of service that's designed for people who are dealing with a memory diagnosis. It includes services to help ensure the security, safety, wellness and contentment of an individual, including medication management, nutrition guidance and meals, housekeeping and a comfortable living environment and social activities.
In an assisted living environment, memory care can be even more flexible and comprehensive. That makes it an appropriate choice for people in all phases of a memory disease.
If you're still able to live mostly independently, you can enjoy that independence living in a private memory care apartment and taking part in all types of activities and social opportunities. Memory care residents have access to wellness and exercise programs, meals in restaurant-style dining areas and even outings to stores or cultural events. At the same time, you have the peace of mind knowing you're not alone and that help is a button, call or hand wave away.
For individuals who are progressing into later phases of a memory disorder, assisted living communities offer constant support, security and help with everything from activities of daily living to medication management or social interactions.
Memory care services are specifically for those who are dealing with a memory disorder such as dementia or Alzheimer's. It's not for those who are just experiencing some minor memory lapses associated with natural age progression. However, individuals who want more peace of mind and access to services might consider our assisted living level of care.
If you're wondering if you or your loved one might need memory care services, ask yourself some of the questions below.
• Do you or they experience memory or cognitive issues that impede daily function?
• Are you or they struggling with solving problems or attending to tasks that were previously not an issue?
• Is completing acts of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and eating, becoming more of a challenge?
• Are you or they struggling with changing moods, including depression, anxiety or anger, that don't have another explanation?
• Is isolation or loneliness becoming a concern because you or they are unable to remain involved in community or social activities in the same way as in the past?
• Is there a concern that living alone is becoming risky, unsafe or dangerous due to lack of memory or focus or behaviors such as wandering?
If you can answer yes to some of these questions, memory care may be a good option. However, you should always consult with your medical provider about these symptoms and potential treatment options. If you haven't received a memory-related diagnosis, it's important to rule out other reasons for such symptoms before you seek solutions.
The Park Regency assisted living community in Loveland, Colorado, will begin providing a memory care level of service in early 2022. The approach to memory care at Park Regency is one of compassion, love and gentle service. Residents in our memory care level of service can expect:
• A safe, stable environment. Our staff provides around-the-clock supervision to ensure safety and limit the risks associated with behaviors such as wandering or sundowning.
• A rich and vibrant environment. Memory care residents have access to activities, social opportunities and options for independence to help them build confidence, celebrate small victories every day and integrate into the community.
• Special activities for memory care. Residents may enjoy the company of pets, engage in aromatherapy activities or listen to music as a way to connect with or control emotions, memories or focus.
• Personal care plans. Each resident in our memory care level of service is unique, and we recognize the need for various levels of independence and care. Our staff works with residents and loved ones to create a care plan that ensures each person's needs are met and they're able to thrive within the community.
• Comfortable living. Private studios and companion suites, which come with private baths, let each person feel at home in their own space within the community. And the common areas and other amenities are available to those who are ready and able to venture out.
Find out more about our memory care level of service today or contact us to schedule a visit.