When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, their healthcare provider may suggest that you look into a memory care program for them. To many, this term is unfamiliar. Memory care is different than traditional assisted living.
How does Memory Care differ from other programs?
Memory Care focuses on memory loss.
A memory care program is uniquely designed to help those who suffer from some type of memory loss, including dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Some memory care programs may be part of an assisted living community. They will provide a separate and exclusively dedicated to memory loss. The specially trained staff will also be well equipped to deal with patients who have memory loss.
It includes life enrichment programs.
Many of those who suffer with memory loss want and need to feel productive and useful. Life enrichment activities help them with repetitive tasks depending on their own preferences. Music and art therapy may be provided to help them remember past experiences. Physical activity, aids in promoting better sleep quality. They also have access to a safe outdoor area where they can garden or bird watch. Spending time outdoors also benefits patients by helping with anxiety and depression.
Memory Care offers family support.
For many family members it is extremely difficult to see a loved one struggle with their memory. Dementia and other forms of memory loss affect everyone connected to the patient. Family members need support to help them voice their fears and frustrations. Families will receive support to help them cope with the changes in their loved one.
Your family member may need a memory care program at some point as they age. In your community, there should be available memory care programs and can be found with a little research. To read more on memory care and what it entails, click here.