Seeking assisted living for yourself, your parents, or other loved ones is already a tough, emotional process. The knowledge that you or a loved one suffers from a cognitive disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia can be an equally devastating component. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with a form of dementia like Alzheimer’s, there may be need for a higher level of care. Our Angels Senior Living network offers memory care units in many of our assisted living communities and we’re ready to help you transition in such a difficult time.
We perform our standard initial assessment then work with you to determine if memory care is the ideal fit for you or your loved one. Some of the benefits of memory care at Angels Senior Living include care and activities customized to the abilities and preferences of the resident. We strive to provide memory care residents with healthy activities to accommodate their needs and challenge them in meaningful ways.
Below are some common questions that will help you navigate this topic and learn more.
What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
Dementia is the umbrella-term for a significant interference in daily life caused by loss of memory and other mental abilities starting from physical changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and accounts for approximately 60-80 percent of these cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
What Are the Symptoms of Dementia?
Dementia is not a specific disease but rather an overall or general term that describes a vast array of symptoms. The symptoms can vary greatly as a result.
In general, at least two of the following mental abilities must be impaired in a significant way in order to be called dementia:
- Communication and language
- Reasoning and judgement
- Ability to focus & pay attention, and
- Visual perception.
Those with dementia could have problems with short-term memory, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, keeping track of everyday items such as a wallet, remembering their appointments, and everyday tasks, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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What Are Some of the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s?
It’s best first to get a proper diagnosis from your physician if you suspect you or a loved suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s. For informational purposes, the Alzheimer’s Association identifies the symptoms below:
- Difficulty remembering recent conversations, names or events
- Apathy and depression
- Impaired communication
- Poor judgment
- Behavior changes, and
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.
What Are Some Unique Ways You Work with Memory Care Residents?
Each of our facilities features an activities team to interact with residents in fun and unique ways. Our memory care facilities have specially trained staff who coordinate cognitive games with residents to exercise their memory and improve recall. Allowing residents to engage in chores or hobbies familiar to them helps them retain memories and familiarity. Other engaging activities include games like “Name This President” with flashcards to help residents with memory recall.
We also provide memory care residents with opportunities to engage in music and art, important parts of Alzheimer’s therapy according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Music therapy can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements. In fact, studies demonstrate that access to music can reduce certain behavioral issues like violent outbursts.
In our memory care units, we also have centers set up so residents can participate in and enjoy familiar activities such as baby care, cooking, vacation, sports, and playing with pets. Centers such as these are thought to increase memory recall.
What Security is Included in Your Memory Care Units?
Our memory care facilities include a comprehensive security system with 24-hour surveillance, access control, coded entries and exits, and more to guarantee the safety of our residents. This doesn’t mean residents can’t go outside, however. We give residents the opportunity to spend time in interior courtyards to enjoy the outdoors, get a little sunshine, and garden.
Where Are Your Memory Care Units?
Palma Ceia and Dunedin are communities solely dedicated to memory care residents. Check out each of our assisted living and memory care community pages to learn more, and schedule a tour when you’re ready.