Who is memory care for?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, around 70% of adults over the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives. Not all long term care options are the same, however. The two fastest growing options, Assisted Living and Memory Care, have important differences that can help inform your choices.
While both care options provide long-term housing, health care, and support services, memory care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other types of memory problems. The level of assistance with activities of daily living is increased and often specifically designed to allow patients to reconnect with favorite hobbies or interests.
The physical layout and security of memory care units is planned to minimize wandering while still being easy to navigate. Design elements such as increased natural lighting and memory boxes outside of rooms are incorporated as proven methods for lowering stress in individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Depending on the community, residents may have a private room and bath, a private room with a shared bathroom, or they may share a room with a roommate. Dining rooms typically feature family-style dining. Activities in a resident's past interests such as art, music, and exercise classes are generally offered so that residents may reconnect with their memories.
To find out if memory care is right for you or your loved one, contact me today at (503) 819-0308 for an in-depth assessment.
Magnolia Innovative Senior Living
7070 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223