Does your loved one have a decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and personal care skills? Have they been diagnosed with a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s? Is there a need for a significantly higher level of care? Is there an “elopement risk” present? If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, Angels Senior Living has an ideal solution with its Memory Care secured units.
Once the initial assessment as a potential resident has been completed, our Angels team will determine if Memory Care would be the best fit. Memory Care at Angels Senior Living provides personalized care and activities tailored to each resident’s abilities and preferences. With our Memory Care residents, there is a large ability gap so it’s our goal to make the experience as customized as possible.
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.*
*Source: 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: memory, 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.*
*Source: 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 but in general according to the Alzheimer’s Association, symptoms would include: “Difficulty remembering recent conversations, names or events is often an early clinical symptom; apathy and depression are also often early symptoms. Later symptoms include impaired communication, poor judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.”
What are some unique ways you work with Memory Care residents?
In Memory Care, our talented dedicated Activities team at each of our facilities will coordinate cognitive games where residents can exercise their memory and improve memory recall. We know that our residents were used to doing household chores and everyday tasks so activities play a key part in keeping them engaged in everyday life. These games are varied but for example, we routinely do fun fact games with large flashcards like “Name this President”.
We also provide music therapy to Memory Care patients as according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, music therapy can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements. In fact, studies demonstrate that music improves certain behavioral issues like violent outbursts.
In our Memory Care units, we also have centers set up that our residents can participate in and enjoy such as baby care, cooking, vacation, sports, and pets. Centers such as these are thought to increase memory recall.
What security is included in your Memory Care units?
Angels Memory Care includes a whole security system with 24-hour cameras. The units also give residents the opportunity to have outside time with a secured courtyard for enjoying the outdoors, getting a little sunshine, and gardening.
Where are your Memory Care units?
There are five Memory Care units available in the following communities:
Lodges of Idlewild, New Tampa, Connerton Court, Sarasota and Palma Ceia (stand-alone unit). Check out each of their community pages to learn more and schedule a tour.