With an estimated 44 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, providing the appropriate level of care and attention to these individuals becomes crucial. Memory care services are a form of long-term care designed to meet the needs of a person with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other types of memory impairments.
When dealing with a memory impairment condition, finding the right support system and proper memory care neighborhood for your loved one is a priority. While informal or family caregivers can provide compassionate care towards a parent or loved one, as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia develop, professional care may be the best option.
What makes the decision hard on many is the feeling or thought that they are “abandoning” their loved one by choosing to transition them to a memory care community. If a person we know is physically injured, we do not hesitate to seek professional care, and support from memory care should be no different.
Being a family caregiver can be gratifying, but this task has many layers to navigate through, especially when your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or any neurodegenerative condition. The Pavilion Senior Living, with memory care communities based in Lebanon and Carthage, Tennessee, would like to help family members better understand memory care services, and what you can expect from these communities.
When is it Time for Memory Care?
With the nature of Alzheimer’s disease, this can be a tough question to answer. While the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia can be more manageable, as the condition evolves, the situation can become more strenuous on a family caregiver.
The care of a loved one is crucial, and the need to provide a safe, secure and comforting environment, surrounded by compassionate caregivers who know the ins and outs of memory loss and can plan accordingly is imperative.
Recognizing the time for memory care is highly subjective, based on the family’s situation.
If committing to a memory care community is too challenging, you can utilize respite care services, like those offered at The Pavilion Senior Living. These services can allow your parent or loved one to test the waters of senior living and memory care with no commitment.
What to Expect from Memory Care
Memory care neighborhoods aim to provide a warm and welcoming environment through the use of lighting, scents, and sounds. These neighborhoods must host a variety of security and safety measures to ensure residents do not wander, get lost, or find themselves in unsafe situations.
Though the approach may change from neighborhood to neighborhood, memory care communities typically feature a thoughtfully crafted plan of care that highlights the current trends in dementia care, while incorporating the distinct likes, needs, and wants of each individual.
The goal of memory care services is to allow for as much independence as possible while protecting and ensuring the safety of each resident.
A Unique and Thoughtful Approach
What you can expect from The Pavilion Senior Living’s memory care program is a hospitable environment where your loved one will be surrounded by warm hearted caregivers who have dedicated their professional careers to helping those with memory impairments. Our memory care is person-centered; we focus on the individual and craft a care plan around them as opposed to only using a “standard” plan of care. The Pavilion Senior Living communities are built around our core values:
- Personalized care
Our memory care communities feature a wide array of activities to promote connection, engagement, and social wellness. We also feature specialized programming, a secure living environment, assistance with ADLs (activities of daily living), and medication management.
Being diagnosed with a form of dementia doesn’t mean your loved one can’t continue to grow or have meaningful experiences, and that’s what our memory care neighborhood aims to do for our residents.
Connecting Through Memory Care
One of the primary concerns family members have about the senior in their life joining a memory care neighborhood is being able to maintain a meaningful connection with them. At The Pavilion Senior Living’s memory care neighborhoods, we strive to provide ample opportunities for you and your loved one to connect. We encourage family members to come by as often as they can, as a familiar and loving face can drastically shift the outcome of a resident’s day.
Family members or loved ones are always welcome to visit and participate in our daily activities! You can stop by and engage with your loved one during our activities or schedule a meal with them throughout the week. Family is everything, and we want you involved as much as possible.
If you have any additional questions regarding our memory care services, we encourage you to contact one of our experts and schedule a red carpet tour of one of our communities to learn more.