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Q: What is memory care assisted living?

Posted March 26, 2014 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: 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.

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. The activity program in a memory care setting is essential to the overall well-being of the resident and provides opportunities to succeed in their day-to-day interactions.

Memory care programs 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 Nick Lesch, Courtyard Estates. 6132 N.E. 12th Ave., Pleasant Hill. 515-285-9108.

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