1 in 10 US adults over the age of 65 will deal with memory-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer's or dementia. These diseases can take a devastating emotional and physical toll on patients and their families, who are oftentimes the caregivers for those afflicted. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can become more difficult as the disease progresses. As it gets worse, many people with Alzheimer's will need more intensive care.
The Benefits of Memory Care Services for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
Care needs for adults with dementia can be extensive, particularly during late-stage Alzheimer's disease. Their needs may exceed what you can provide at home. For many caregivers, moving the patient into a Memory Care facility is the best option to provide the intensive, round-the-clock care needed.
While this decision can be tough for families to make, knowing the many benefits of a Memory Care facility can help ease the transition.
Providing round-the-clock care for a person with dementia takes a team. No matter how much you love and want to provide for your loved one with dementia, it's practically impossible for a single caregiver to be available and attentive 24-hours a day.
Memory Care facilities provide plenty of trained staff to help with feeding, toileting, hygiene, and medical-related tasks 24-7. Speaking of the staff, that brings us to another major benefit of a Memory Care facility:
Anyone who has a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia quickly becomes an expert in the subject matter. You've probably logged hundreds of hours researching sites like alz.org to learn more about Alzheimer's and how to care for a loved one with dementia.
At a Memory Care facility, however, your loved one has access to professionally trained staff who are well-versed in the ins and outs of this disease. At The Villas at Stanford Ranch, our Memory Care staff receive special -- and ongoing -- training to ensure compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional treatment is given to our residents.
Enrichment for Body and Mind
Enrichment activities are important for the health and wellbeing of Alzheimer's patients. As Alzheimer's patients move into late-stage, it's even more important to offer sensory-based experiences that allow the patient to experience the world through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.
At The Villas at Stanford Ranch, our Memory Care program offers 12-hours of daily planned activities, designed to enrich and enhance the bodies and minds of our residents. Our individual, small and large group activities are personalized for individual preferences and skill levels, and include gardening, art, music, singing, reminiscence activities, aromatherapy, pet therapy, weekly off-site outings and excursions, and holiday celebrations.
Dignity and Compassion
As Memory Care patients progress in their diseases, their ability to take care of daily routine tasks diminishes. They may need help with eating, hydrating, toileting, and dressing. Late-stage Alzheimer's can result in patients who are bed-ridden or chair-bound as they lose mobility. This means they will also require special aid to prevent bedsores and freezing of joints.
Memory Care facilities like ours provide professional, compassionate, and dignified care for our residents in these and other tasks. Private and shared rooms are available, so residents can have more privacy or more socialization, depending on their preferences.
Comfort and Support
Our Memory Care residents receive all of the benefits that our luxury community has to offer. Meals are prepared daily from fresh, healthy ingredients and served in a home-like dining room. Residents who have difficulty sitting through a meal can enjoy easily manageable ‘finger foods' for ease and convenience. Private and spacious living quarters are ready to be individualized with personal furnishings and belongings. Our residents enjoy weekly house cleaning, daily room tidying, and personal laundry and linen service.
Our goal at The Villas at Stanford Ranch is to provide expert, compassionate, professional care to all residents in our Memory Care facility. We are committed to ensuring our residents are treated with respect and dignity and that they receive the enrichment and meaningful activities to ensure their wellbeing.
If you have been a caregiver for a loved one, it may be time to consider the added benefits that are available for dementia patients at a professional Memory Care facility. As the disease progresses, so does the care load. Trusting your loved one to a Memory Care facility means you can spend less time worrying about the ins and outs of caregiving and more time visiting and connecting with your loved one in a safe, compassionate, and professional environment.
For more information about our luxury senior community and Memory Care program in Rocklin, CA, schedule a tour today.