In assisted living, memory care refers to those facilities that are designed and equipped to provide patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia with a safe, secure, and structured environment. By increasing the frequency of check-ins, these facilities aim to reduce stress, anxiety, and incidents that could lead to harm or injury.
Memory care is designed to help seniors navigate a new journey, as they deal with the ups and downs of an unpredictable disease. While so many seniors can still care for themselves during the early stages of Dementia, conditions can change quickly.
Signs that your loved one may need memory care include:
• A sense that conditions in a current home are becoming unsafe.
• Your loved one has begun to wander.
• Your loved one’s care and needs are above what you can provide.
• You are becoming stressed and impatient and even resentful because of your responsibilities caring for a loved one.
• You have begun to neglect your own schedule, work, and needs.
A safe environment that caters to changes in a senior’s care – such as alarms and access control systems that alert caretakers to wandering patients – can offer tremendous peace of mind for family and loved ones.
Layout, too, is a significant concern in memory care facilities, with emphasis placed on clearly labeled doors and rooms, as well as visual way-signs that help to direct residents where they want and need to go.
Of course, a memory care home’s personnel is the most important key to success for everyone involved. Specialists are needed who can calmly, patiently, and compassionately manage the unpredictability of Alzheimer’s and dementia, from confusion to aggression. Regular interaction and engagement are paramount, and the right activities and socialization can help to improve cognition and ward off the more detrimental aspects of these conditions.
Kenwood Care is proud to say that we offer these services and more. Our team specializes in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care and has been recognized for providing top-rated memory care and the best in-state medical support to our seniors. We work with the finest geriatric doctors and nurses in Howard County and they make regular rounds in our homes to ensure that all needs are being met.
Perhaps most importantly, we offer an exceptional caregiver-to-patient ratio, with six caregivers per home, which is at least three times higher than what the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requires. But most importantly, seeing familiar faces every day is a tremendous benefit for our aging loved ones, while helping to prevent confusion and loneliness in our patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
With four convenient residencies in Howard County, live-in care, and services that are custom-tailored for your loved ones at a fixed cost, Kenwood Care continues to deliver the comfort of home and the care your family members need and deserve. Visit our FAQ page to learn more.