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Memory care assisted living

Posted March 26, 2014 in Advice Column, Bondurant

An assisted living facility is a housing facility for individuals with disabilities. These facilities provide assistance and supervision with things such as activities of daily living. They coordinate a variety of health services, and they monitor the residents’ activities to ensure their health, safety and well-being. Assisted living programs are wonderful for individuals looking for independence without having to worry about many life’s day-to-day tasks such as meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping.

Memory care is a specialized form of assisted living. Memory care programs oftentimes offer all of the services commonly provided with assisted living such as meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping and transportation. However, in the memory care setting they are delivered in a manner that will be most beneficial to a resident who has significant memory loss. Assisted living memory programs are wonderful because they allow individuals who have mild to moderate dementia a safe environment where they can keep much of their independence.

Memory care programs are designed to specifically cater to individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These programs offer an on-site staff 24/7 that is specially trained to provide assistance to individuals with dementia. Often, there is also a higher staffing ratio in the memory care setting. This allows the caregivers to provide that extra assistance and allows them to truly get to know each resident as an individual, so that they can provide the personalized care that each resident needs.

Memory care programs also offer a structured activity program designed to address the needs of each resident. They vary depending on the level of memory loss of that individual. Memory care activity programs provide a variety of options to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the residents. The activity program in a memory care setting is essential to the overall wellbeing of the resident, and provides opportunities to succeed in their day-to-day interactions.

Memory care programs are wonderful options for senior who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia. They blend quality care, independence and a focus on the individual resident. This allows them to reach their goal of allowing residents to enjoy an independent life with dignity and understanding.

Information provided by Derrick Johnson, Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing, 601 Hawthorne Crossing Drive S.E., Bondurant, 515- 957-8399.

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