Being a family caregiver for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can be challenging – especially if you’re doing it alone. The stress, responsibilities, and long hours can take a toll on the caregiver’s health and wellness, often making it hard for families to provide proper care.
First, know that you’re not alone and there is help available.
What is memory care?
Memory care is a specialized form of long-term care that provides specialized care for people with cognitive challenges. Memory care communities are usually a part of a larger senior living community, but are sometimes a free-standing community.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss everything you need about memory care and how these communities can help individuals and their families.
Benefits of memory care
Memory care communities are designed to meet the unique needs of people with memory impairment. Choosing memory care can benefit and improve people’s lives in the following ways:
A supportive and calming environment
In memory care communities, you’ll find soothing and stimulating design features like color choices, art, and photographs throughout the resident rooms and common areas.
Activities designed to engage the residents and spark long lost memories are led by the specially trained staff.
Safety and security features
Memory care communities are designed to minimize the risk of wandering, falls, self-harm, and other dangers that can arise due to memory impairments. These communities have unique layouts to reduce confusion, secure entrances and exits, and security systems to alert staff of dangers to the residents.
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Memory care residents receive the latest dementia care therapies, memory-enhancing activities, person-centered care, and coordinated health care with various health care providers from professional staff explicitly trained in dementia care.
Peace of mind for families
Having a loved one with dementia is emotionally demanding, and memory care communities can alleviate some of the stress associated with caregiving. Family members appreciate having the confidence and reassurance that their loved ones are in a secure, loving, and compassionate environment.
Memory care services and amenities
Memory care residents have access to a variety of services and amenities that can improve their quality of life.
In addition to cutting-edge memory care, communities like Seasons Senior Living offer convenient services and amenities:
- 24/7 emergency response call system
- Help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and medication management
- Private and semi-private studio and one-bedroom suites
- Scheduled transportation to appointments
- Housekeeping and laundry
The cost of memory care
Memory care costs vary depending on where you live, the amount of care needed, and if you choose in-home memory care services or care in an assisted living community or a nursing home. According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the monthly median cost can range from $4,500 in an assisted living community to $5,147 for a home health aide.
Memory care is an invaluable resource for individuals living with memory impairment and their families. These specialized communities offer advanced memory care treatment and support in a safe, engaging, community-driven environment. Choosing the right memory care community can elevate some of the stress for families, and help their loved ones enjoy a better quality of life.
If you’re interested in memory care communities in Clearwater Florida, contact one of the friendly advisors at Seasons Senior Living. Learn more about memory care: download our free Memory Care Guide.