Memory care is a specialized Senior Care service for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. Seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (a common cause of Dementia) will experience a decline in their memory, thinking, and behavior. Memory care facilities provide comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) and a range of social and community activities.
In memory care, the elder experiences a diverse field of senior healthcare. Caregivers assist with physical and mental activities and perform therapy services. Common and alternative therapy treatments for Alzheimer’s and Dementia seniors involve cognitive rehabilitation, physical activity, occupational therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, aromatherapy, massage, and art therapy. These therapies include both Personal and Companion Care services.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia is not curable nor can it reverse the senior’s disease. The symptoms are progressive and will get worse over time. However, the therapy treatments help improve the quality of life and may slow the progression of the disease. The services in memory care are both alternative and cognitive medicine, creating a unique holistic approach to the senior.
The scale below can help understand the process associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and determine what type of care is needed.
Some facilities such as ALF or SNF have memory care as part of their services. These communities have a separate wing provided for residents with memory loss and include the support they need. Resident safety and independence is the key value to memory care. The facilities provide an intense secure environment ensuring entrances and spaces are locked for residents who wander. The staff for memory care is specialized for memory enhancing therapy.