Your loved one may still be active but can no longer live entirely independent and needs assistance with activities of daily living which include things such as bathing, dressing, and meals. Assisted livings provide housing, support services and health care. Personal care services may also include transportation and medication management. As your loved one ages, they may require additional services. Assisted livings vary in terms of what services they offer, and some may include memory care services.
Memory Care specifically caters to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia causing diseases as well as other memory issues. Memory Care communities provide 24-hour supervised care for its residents. As in an assisted living, if your loved one can no longer care for him-or-herself due to cognitive impairment, memory care offers a solution. In addition to providing assistance with activities of daily living, the staff is specially trained to understand and anticipate the needs of those persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia causing diseases. Also, the physical layout of these communities are conducive to those with memory impairment in that they offer a smaller, more home-like environment, a reduction in the risk of wandering behaviors, and an environment that is easy to navigate. At Arbor House, our special programming called “Life in Motion” is specifically designed for those with cognitive impairment, adding joy, purpose and connection to their everyday lives. It is through this program that the true uniqueness of Memory Care support can be seen. This program provides structure and support that promotes social connectedness, joy and purpose. We believe that these specially focused programs move us beyond the basic care of assisted living and into the spectrum of assisted well-being. In this journey of dementia, it is the loss of the ability to direct ones day to find purpose, joy and connection that is the root cause of depression, isolation and other illnesses. The high staffing ratio – generally 50% better than a regular assisted living – allows residents to connect with our team members in our “Best Friends” environment to find a Life that is truly in Motion.