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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A day in the life of a memory care resident

If you’re beginning to notice that more care is needed for your loved one with Alzheimer’s than you can provide at home, you may be researching what options are available.

One to consider is a memory care community. If you have no or little experience with residential care, you owe it to you both to discover what life there can offer.

In fact, it might help to visualize what life in a memory care community could look like for your loved one. Be sure to schedule a tour with your local communities and see first-hand the quality of care and life of those living with Alzheimer’s.  

Memory care living

This type of care is tailored specifically for those who are living with Alzheimer’s or another form of cognitive illness. Its foundation is built on the belief that having dementia should not mean accepting a lower quality of life or missing out on opportunities to engage as fully as possible.

Below is a brief overview of the advantages and benefits your loved one will experience.

1. Home environment

Where we live matters and your loved one’s new home is no different, regardless of where it might be. How to make that happen? First is finding the right place. Visit several communities and look for which one offers the best fit.

On move-in day, make sure to bring their favorite chair, bed with a cozy comforter or other furniture from their home that surrounds them with familiar joy. And don’t stop there. They should also have their photographs, collections, artwork or whatever makes them feel at home.

2. Community engagement

The need to remain connected to others and the world is just as important for them now as it is for everyone else.

Residents respond well to activities specifically planned to help encourage engagement in life. Depending on the individual’s needs, residents may find interaction with groups or one-on-one activities more enjoyable.

Communities offer a wide variety to meet the preferences of their residents, wherever they may be in their journey. Just a few examples include entertainment and musical performances, games or movies. Residents often enjoy creating art or more tactile activities. Others appreciate going outside of the community, such as field trips to exhibits or shopping.

3. Dining experience

Nutrition plays a vital role in the physical and cognitive health of residents and is a vital focus of communities. Unfortunately, eating can become a problem for those with Alzheimer’s, resulting in certain behaviors or weight loss. Staying hydrated is also critical so residents are offered liquids throughout the day or food with high water content.

As dementia progresses, confusing choices, loss of smell and taste or difficulty in swallowing can all make eating a challenge. Residents respond best when dishes and utensils are easier to use, as well as finger foods. Favorite choices that appeal to even a decreased appetite can encourage eating as well as any other modifications tailored to help the individual.

4. Staff training

Residents' interactions with the staff are pleasant and meaningful. If their home is in a community that practices consistent assignments and person-centered care, a loved one will not be a stranger to those responsible for their daily care.

Staff will be familiar with a resident’s likes, dislikes and what circumstances may trigger certain behaviors. They’ll also know how best to react and what may bring about a calming response to agitation, confusion or frustration.

The residents and their families benefit from the staff's up-to-date training in the best practices of dementia care. Training is also extended to all of the staff so that they also can interact positively with residents, including those that work in the dining room or provide housekeeping.

5. Community design

From the moment residents walk into a memory care community, they’ll find an environment designed specifically for them. You’ll see a different layout in memory support than the one you’d find for other residential-type communities.

Floor plans help residents navigate the area, address wandering or other typical traffic patterns without making them feel as if they are pacing back and forth. The resident’s home as well as the inside and outdoor common spaces are more intimate. Loved ones are secure with alarmed doors and supported with personalized visual clues to their rooms or other locations.

Residents benefit greatly from being outdoors but of course, they need to be safe. Many communities offer interior courtyards or other secured outdoor areas that encourage their residents to enjoy the nurture of fresh air and nature.

6. Therapies and treatments

A cognitive impairment diagnosis often leaves the individual and family feeling helpless and without hope. While it is true that there is no cure yet for Alzheimer’s, that doesn’t mean there aren’t available treatments and medications that can make a difference in their quality of life.

Residents have several types of therapy available to them based on their individual needs and preferences, which can include art therapy, pet therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, sensory stimulation and other innovative treatments.

As communication is so greatly impacted by those with Alzheimer’s, learning how to connect without words is crucial. These practices help staff to know when it’s best to have stimulating or calming activities and different methods that can relax those who are upset, angry or frightened.

What you’ll find at Ingleside at King Farm Memory Support Assisted Living

Life in our memory care community provides support for both the individual and the family. Our highly trained and compassionate staff is here to provide not only dementia care but encouragement so that everyone has the opportunity for a higher quality of life.

We offer a whole-person approach to care as we encourage our residents to be empowered and live an engaged life. Our community also includes:

  • Intimate and secure residential neighborhood

  • Spacious and sun-filled residences with lots of natural light

  • Enclosed terrace with raised gardens overlooking the courtyard

  • Individualized therapeutic programs including music, art, movement, pet and recreational therapy

  • 24 hour licensed nursing, under the direction of a full time RN

  • All-day flexible dining featuring chef-inspired meals and hydration stations

  • Family support, education and engagement

Call (240) 455-4582 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

 

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