No one wants to think about a time when they or a loved one begins struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, these things are not uncommon. But that’s why memory care and assisted living facilities exist—to improve quality of life in life’s later stages.
When it comes to the unique struggles associated with losing memory and cognitive function, it takes specialized training and design to create a space that assists the resident in their daily life and helps them thrive.
What Is Memory Care?
Sadly, dementia isn’t a condition that gets better in time. It eventually makes it impossible for someone to live safely by themselves as it progresses. And without proper training and support, family caregivers are often in over their heads.
A memory care facility offers your loved one a safe place to call home. They receive 24/7 care to ensure that their needs are met, and they are comfortable. The trained staff engages with your loved one and makes them feel like part of a community.
Memory Care Benefits
One of the greatest benefits of memory care is its relief for family caregivers. Providing the necessary care for someone who has dementia is impossible unless someone is doing it full-time.
Also, many people with dementia—especially in the earlier stages—are aware of the extra work and stress they create. And this can often leave them with feelings of guilt over something they have zero control over.
In addition to stress relief, memory care often includes activities—performed with trained staff—that help stimulate their minds. For example, art and music therapy help keep someone who has dementia engaged and allow for self-expression.
The average cost of memory care is almost $7000 per month in the States, which is quite a bit more than assisted living. At first glance, this seems like a costly service. But one must take into account the savings.
As the primary caregiver, you wouldn’t be able to work full-time. And in many cases, not even part-time unless you have assistance from other family members. So, that alone is a considerable cost saving.
The other thing to consider is that not all “costs” are financial. A suffering relationship with your loved one is a massive cost of trying to take care of them yourself. As they live and thrive in a memory care facility, you can visit them.
This time you get to spend with them becomes an enjoyable experience again that you can both cherish.
Difference Between Memory Care and Assisted Living
Memory care and assisted living services are similar in many ways. However, they have several distinct differences.
Both types of facilities have staff trained to assist people in their day-to-day activities. However, people working in a memory care facility will typically have training equipping them to deal with potentially difficult behaviors like roaming or aggressiveness.
In addition, a memory care facility typically employs a higher staff-to-resident ratio compared to similar places. This allows more personal interaction between staff and residents for high-quality care.
Additional Safety Measures
Assisted living centers are a safe place for your loved ones. Some unique safety concerns arise when dealing with people who suffer from memory loss. So, a memory care facility will have a few things that are somewhat unique to its service.
There are no standard safety measures, but some things you may find are:
- Layouts designed to minimize confusion
- Locked doors with keypads or card-access
- Video surveillance
- Bells upon exit and entrance to certain areas
All of the safety measures that a memory care facility includes are to keep your loved one safe and give them a comfortable stay. All while allowing them to feel as independent as possible.
Amenities and Activities
Each community has its unique amenities; that’s part of finding the right fit for your loved one. A memory care facility will have similar offerings to many other assisted living or senior homes. But the amenities and activities offered will be geared toward those struggling with memory loss.
Some things you may find specifically in a memory care facility:
- Color-coded walls to minimize confusion
- Safe outdoor spaces to prevent residents from feeling trapped
- Clearly defined areas throughout the facility
- Various therapies like music, art, or pet therapy
Finding out More About Memory Care
There’s only so much you can learn about something like memory care by reading about it online. The best way to appreciate the benefits that this offers your loved one is to experience it.
Reach out to us today and book a tour at Fox Trail Senior living. Our helpful staff will show you the facilities and what you and your loved one can expect.