The Right Level of Support for Alzheimer’s Care
Finding the right level of care for your aging loved one is a uniquely difficult challenge. You’ve got a lot of options, and we all know assisted living and independent living are great communities for older adults. However, the benefits of Alzheimer’s Care programs—also known as Memory Care—are almost impossible to overlook.
In general, most Alzheimer’s Care communities have a well-trained staff specializing in caring for individuals struggling with dementia and other cognitive impairments. They provide a safe, secure facility that promotes health and wellness—and specific programming that’s engineered to engage the senses and stimulate the mind.
Counseling and emotional support for residents and their families are also beneficial. After all, caring for a loved one as they age can be painful. It takes a toll, physically and mentally—which is what makes these services so incredibly valuable.
But maybe we’re using too broad of strokes to express the value of these communities.
We know you won’t settle for anything but the best for your loved one, so let’s get more specific and break down the top 3 benefits of Alzheimer’s Care programs.
1: Safe & Secure Alzheimer’s Care Facilities
Safety is—and should be—your top priority here. And we’re not just talking about physical safety; we’re talking about emotional safety as well. The best Alzheimer’s Care programs take this to heart and strive to cultivate an environment that gives residents the flexibility to exercise their independence and move about the facility without putting themselves or others at risk.
If you’re doing your research and asking yourself what makes a Memory Care community safe, we’ve got a short list of what you should look for:
- A secure perimeter with enclosed spaces
- Top-notch security systems
- Emergency protocols in place
- Health professionals on-site
In addition, the staff should be well equipped to tend to the emotional needs of each resident. Memory can be an exhausting form of impairment—and it never impacts two individuals in the same way. That’s why your loved one should always be treated as a unique individual that deserves empathy and respect.
2: Caring Staff Trained in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
It’s difficult to imagine any care facility would hire under-qualified individuals—it’s definitely rare, but it does happen. Regardless of the type of community you choose to trust with your loved one, they should have a staff that’s fully capable of managing the responsibilities that come with caring for older adults.
And when it comes to Alzheimer’s Care programs, staff are explicitly trained to provide 24-hour, person-centered care for older adults struggling with memory loss. They’ve got the knowledge, the skills, and the training necessary to safely diffuse dangerous situations, treat residents with respect and dignity, and acknowledge each individual’s needs.
In addition, memory care programs always have enough health professionals on-site to make sure each resident gets enough one-on-one attention throughout the day.
3: Engaging Programs for Alzheimer’s Patients
There’s a certain level of frustration that comes with progressive memory loss. And that frustration often leads to specific behavioral issues like drastic mood swings, wandering, and aggression.
That’s why all scheduled activities at any Alzheimer’s Care facility are based on the latest advances in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, engineered to keep these behaviors in check without infringing on anyone’s personal agency.
Music, art, theater, gardening, and movement therapies are all ideal, so long as each activity is developed to deliver the maximum benefit for each unique participant.
Memory Care at The Moments
At The Moments, we specialize in Alzheimer’s Care, and we’re dedicated to creating programs that result in fewer falls, fewer injuries, and greater—more meaningful—social interactions.
We’re all about comfort, too, combining 5-star hospitality standards with high-acuity specialized clinical services, a customized dining program, and daily housekeeping.
Our staff is well-trained, the environment is safe, and every activity is developed with the specific needs of each resident in mind.
If you’re looking for a bit of help with Alzheimer’s care, we’re here for you.
Located in Lakeville, one of the most desirable locations in the Twin Cities area, ours is one of the best Memory Care programs in the country.
We operate during regular daytime hours.
For more information, visit us at our website.