If you are considering memory care for an elderly loved one, you may have certain apprehensions due to mistruths you have heard from somewhere. However, it’s always best to schedule a tour of any memory care community you have shortlisted to get a better idea of what they offer and debunk these myths. In this article, we share with you some mistruths about memory care you should watch out for!
Memory Care Will Rob My Loved One of Their Independence
One huge mistruth about memory care is that your loved one will become entirely dependent on the team members in charge of their care, leading to them losing their life skills, freedom and independence. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, memory care can enhance the independence of your loved one!
By providing our residents with the support and supervision they need to take part in certain activities, they are able to do things that may not have been possible from home, such as taking a leisurely walk outdoors. In addition, keep in mind that the team members responsible for your loved one’s care are there solely for that purpose. They aren’t trying to juggle meal preparation, housekeeping, and running errands all at the same time, allowing them to dedicate their full energy to caring for your loved one and developing their skills in important aspects.
All Memory Care Communities Are Created Equal
This mistruth often leads family members to choose the first memory care option they are introduced to; however, not every community offers the same thing. Your choice can depend on the level of care you require for your loved one, as some communities only offer basic care whereas others, such as Rittenhouse Village At Portage, offer the full package. This includes:
- Three nutritionally balanced meals a day with dining assistance available
- A stay in a fully furnished senior living apartment home
- Round-the-clock assistance with activities of daily living
- Participation in activities that have been designed to promote engagement and interaction
- … and more!
It always pays to do your research on the retirement communities you are considering for your loved one’s care and find out more about their memory care program in particular.
My Loved One Will Have No Interaction
If your idea of a memory care community is one where residents are separated from each other, you have got the wrong image. At our retirement community, residents take part in fun and failure-free activities together, encouraging them to build meaningful bonds and friendships. In addition, a team of dedicated nurses, caregivers, and therapists is always around to tend to your loved one’s needs, and you can rest assured that they have been trained to treat each resident in a dignified and respectful manner.
Instead of being socially isolated, you will find that your loved one can access socialization opportunities much more easily when they are surrounded by peers in a safe and secure environment!