Alzheimer’s – Memory Care Communities
Most specialty care facilities for the memory impaired senior are set up into small secured units, usually housing between 16 to 42 seniors within a larger facility or free standing units, described as “pods”, “group homes”, or “households” where seniors might have private rooms, whereas others might feel more comfortable in a shared room. The living room/activity room, the dining room and kitchen area are shared by all; most facilities have fenced, secured yards with nice walking paths and small gardens where seniors can enjoy growing flowers and harvesting their own tomatoes. In many facilities next to the senior’s room you will see “shadow boxes” with photos of the senior, their families and memorabilia of hobbies they once thoroughly enjoyed from years past.
Although facilities are designed and constructed in many different ways – from 3 to 4 story buildings in the city overlooking old neighborhoods; beautifully remodeled large stately buildings with pathways winding through several acres of manicured lawns; one story cottages attached through covered hallways or stand alone cottages – there is one thing they all do have in common – security for the senior.
Most facilities are set up to help the senior deal with the different stages of dementia, for the individual who requires minimum to moderate assistance, the senior who requires advanced assistance, the resident who’s care regiment requires more complex care and assistance.
There are many different opinions how to best take care of the those afflicted with Alzheimer’s; it’s up to the family members who know mom or dad best to check out the different facilities and their programs to decide which facility would be of most comfort for the senior.
Services offered in most facilities:
-Specially selected and trained staff to supervise all activities 24 hours each day.
-24-hour medical monitoring and medication management.
-Three nutritious meals, including specials diets, along with snacks.
-Assistance with personal hygiene, including bathing, dressing and grooming.
-Extensive activity programs and supervised social activities.
-Housekeeping, linens and personal laundry service.
-Ongoing family support group and meetings.
Get in contact with at least three different facilities, make appointments, visit the facility, prepare and ask questions, look for the best fit for your loved one.
Only you can make that decision – you know mom or dad best.