Memory care communities have become a much sought-after option for seniors and families of those with dementia care needs, and for good reason. Enhancing seniors’ quality of live, memory care is a wise choice that works well.
While the housing economy in the United States continues to remain depressed, senior housing construction projects are going strong, and the number of projects dedicated to memory care has also witnessed an increase. The units have been designed to specifically meet the requirements of seniors with Alzheimer’s and related dementia conditions.
A survey conducted by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics shows that almost 42 per cent of seniors in residential care are receiving memory care. With an estimated 20 per cent of the total population expected to comprise seniors by 2050, it is not difficult to imagine what an important elder care segment memory care will become.
Features of memory care services
There are many reasons why relying on memory care makes sense, financially and otherwise. Memory care programs often feature:
- A secure and pleasant environment that ensures senior resident’s safety while not imposing any uncomfortable limitations on them
- A staff-to-resident ratio that allows for better care
- Social interactions and recreational activities that keep seniors engaged
Our San Jose, California community, Carlton Plaza San Jose, for instance, offers a LiFE Memory Care program that includes escorted service to medical appointments, special diets and regular contact with residents’ physicians.
An important aspect of memory care is the assistance of knowledgeable staff and caregivers who go the extra mile to ensure that residents do not feel frustrated or lonely. An expert staff can make a world of difference to the way memory care is delivered to residents.
What improvements have memory care programs shown?
Dedicated care to residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has resulted in multiple benefits and improved their quality of life in the following respects:
- A decrease in the number of injuries and falls
- More social interaction and independence
- Better nutrition and fewer cases of vitamin deficiencies
- Fewer visits to the emergency room
- A happier state of being and more cheer among residents
- An improvement in mental functioning in a majority of the residents over a six-month time period
Senior care also has positive implications for families who can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their aged loved ones are being provided with special care in a loving environment.
What goes into memory care programs?
While memory care programs may differ from provider to provider, all seek to understand certain things about the new residents to deliver better services to and more meaning and purpose for them. Usually, the community will try to understand who the residents are and where they are coming from, their experiences in life and what has brought them a sense of success and purpose.