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Memory care, commonly referred to as dementia care, are specialized services provided to individuals suffering from memory impairments that have progressed beyond the point where the individual is unable to safely and adequately care for themselves. Dementia care facilities provide special living arrangements that typically include a room and a common dining area.
Memory care facilities typically provide 24/7 supervision, formal medical care planning, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), and personalized plans required for the specific individual.
Many memory care facilities are stand alone, but some assisted and independent living facilities have separate wings that provide dementia/memory care services.
- Routine Care
- Continuous Care
- General Inpatient
- Respite Care
Memory care services typically include the following:
- Secured living area for safety
- Licensed nurse on-duty 24/7
- Medication management
- Daily assistance with bathing
- Dressing and grooming
- Restroom reminders and assistance with continence products
- Supervised scheduled activities
- Life enrichment stations
- Memory Stations
- Supervised Nourishment Center stocked with juice, fruit, snacks, etc. housekeeping and laundry services
- Daily room tidy-up services
- Reviews by a Medical Director
Considering residential care for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's is a difficult decision. If your loved one requires 24/7 care, suffers from other medical problems requiring medication, and has caused a negative impact on family, you may want to consider memory care at a dementia facility, assisted living center, retirement housing, or nursing home.
Dementia care facilities are specifically designed with the safety of the resident in mind. They typically have very simplistic single floor layouts with secure exterior doors that prohibit the patient from wandering outside of the facility. Some facilities have secure outdoor locations and also require patients to wear a security bracelet for their own protection.
These types of facilities are best for people suffering from the latter stages of dementia or Alzheimer's. Assisted and independent living facilities that provide memory care are best for people experiencing the beginning stages of memory diseases because they can enjoy a higher quality of life while they are still able.