When you have a loved one suffering from dementia or other memory-related problems, it can be particularly frustrating to take care of them. You might feel more fatigued, irritable, or suffer from sporadic mood swings. In extreme circumstances, you could even find yourself lashing out at them.
If you find all of the above-mentioned familiar, you should seriously consider sending your elderly loved one to memory care, a senior living option that provides personalized and specialized care for those suffering from dementia or other memory-related issues. Many assisted living facilities to have a dedicated in-house memory care unit to cater to this group of patients.
With the plethora of options available, just how does one go about choosing a memory care community for your loved one? Read on to find out more.
The environment is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of choosing a memory care community. A memory care community should have a circular building design, allowing residents to stroll freely without encountering dead-ends which can be particularly frustrating, or even anxiety-inducing to dementia patients. Ideally, there should be an interior courtyard in the middle of the building, providing access to the outdoors for residents while minimizing the risk of them wandering and getting lost.
Food and Activities
Dementia patients often have fluctuating appetites. On some days, they might not want to eat at all, and on others, they would gorge themselves without realizing that they have already eaten. A memory care community should put in place professional and trained staff who will manage your loved one’s daily nutritional needs to ensure they do not over or undereat.
Staying active, be it physically or emotionally, also plays an important role in maintaining the health of your loved one. As such, the best memory care communities should have a calendar of regular activities and events scheduled to keep their residents engaged. These activities can range from simple stretching exercises to scheduled day trips and excursions to nearby attractions.
At Rittenhouse Village At Northside, our SHINE® Memory Care program is designed specifically with the health of our residents in mind. All of our residents are given healthy and nutritious meals in a tranquil, communal dining environment to encourage socialization. We also offer personalized activities which are tailored to each individual’s needs to promote fun, as well as a sense of self-worth.
One main concern regarding senior living communities is its cost. Many families often shoulder the caregiving burden as they are worried that they might not be able to afford to send their dementia-stricken loved one to a specialized memory care community. These concerns are valid considering the rise in unscrupulous, for-profit organizations that charge exorbitant fees while providing subpar services. This is a problem which you will not encounter at Rittenhouse Village At Northside. Our SHINE® Memory Care program is not only nationally accredited and recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is also very affordable. Through our rent lock program, we guarantee that there will be no rent increases throughout the duration of your stay, thus providing financial security to all our residents. Call us at 317.659.3034 to schedule a tour of our memory care facilities today.