MANY OF US eventually face the question of how best to care for a parent or grandparent struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and memory care is a great answer. Memory care is a form of senior living that ensures specialized, intensive care for those with memory issues.
What’s Unique About Memory Care?
In a memory care community such as ours in Holladay, UT, the atmosphere is designed with the residents’ peace of mind as a high priority. The staff provide meals and assist with personal care like in an assisted living facility, but they also have special training to deal with the unique issues associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Residents in memory care receive specialized care, including more frequent check-ins and are given extra structure and support throughout the day. Staff ensures that residents are getting to their meals and attending activities. The facilities are equipped with alarmed doors, enclosed outdoor spaces, and elevator codes to keep residents from wandering and getting lost.
Is Your Loved One a Candidate for Memory Care?
The early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia don’t always interfere with a person’s independence, particularly if they receive in-home care and support. Here are a few questions you can use to determine whether it’s time to consider memory care:
- Is the person safe in their home?
- Is the person’s health at risk with their current level of care?
- Are their care needs more than the current caregiver can meet?
- Is their care causing too much strain in the other areas of the caregiver’s life?
- Could the person benefit from the structure and social interaction offered by a memory care facility?
What to Look For in a Memory Care Facility
It’s always important to research any facility in which you plan to house a loved one, especially when they are living with dementia. Here are a few key features to look for in a memory care facility where you plan to house a loved one:
- Clean and pleasant layout with clear labeling, an enclosed outdoor area, and happy residents.
- Specially trained staff who meet their residents’ needs quickly.
- Engaging activities and good meal routines.
- Availability of additional medical care for other conditions.
Make sure to and participate in some of the activities to get a good feel for the place. Bring a list of questions to ask, including the ones we’ve provided.
Learn About Senior Living’s Memory Care Services
At Spring Gardens in Holladay, UT, we pride ourselves in being able to provide seniors who struggle with dementia or Alzheimer’s a comfortable and engaging community with our memory care services. To learn more about what we have to offer your loved one at our facility, please get in touch with us. Follow this link to see where our facilities are located.