Memory Care is a solution for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other Dementias who can no longer live safely and thrive at home. Some of their needs may include assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s, dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, etc.), 24/7 care from a nurse and care staff specially trained in the communication and care of individuals with Dementia, a safe environment that is cognitively stimulating and supportive of their unique needs, and a secure environment where they can move freely but cannot wander, or get lost.
Questions To Ask When Looking For A Memory Care Community?
Why Choose Veranda?
Here at Veranda it is our mission to bring the life back into memory care. Part of how we do that is by looking at the medications of our residents and reducing them as much as possible while keeping them safe and happy. More often than not we encounter individuals on dozens of medications and find that these meds are part of the problem as far as balance issues that lead to falls, agitation, issues sleeping, increased incontinence, etc. By reducing the amount of medications they are taking we can eliminate meds that no longer necessary or are causing other underlying issues. It is our goal to have our residents on six medications or less if they do not need them. Our memory care also offers a working resource library with sensory stations throughout the unit. Caregivers specially trained in memory care as well as how to utilize these stations best for our residents. We also have activities daily, some of which included getting the residents out of the building and participating in fun events such as music, art, walks, or other fun excursions.
What Is Dementia?
Think of the word dementia like a big umbrella. Under that umbrella are over 90 different types of dementia and each one is unique in its own way. Although no matter what type of dementia someone has their brain will still undergo a chemical, and structural change. The most important thing to remember is no matter what type of dementia your loved one has they cannot join our reality, so it is our responsibility to join theirs.
Most Common Types Of Dementia?
There are three types of dementia that are the most common, the first is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s accounts for nearly 60-80% of dementia cases. The second most common type is Vascular Dementia which is most commonly caused by a stroke. The third most common type is Lewy-Body Dementia, this is caused by an abnormal buildup of proteins in the brain which are also associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Why They Benefit From Memory Care?
Individuals with Dementia benefit from a memory care environment for many reasons. One is the cognitive stimulation that they get from our life enrichment activities. These activities are designed to meet their interests while being appropriate for the level they are currently at cognitively. One of the biggest benefits of a Memory Care Community is the ability for the family members to go back to their role as the wife, husband, daughter, or son that their loved one needs them to be. When the memory care takes over the activities of daily living it allows the family to spend time with their loved one and not be exhausted from caregiver burnout.
What Is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. The brain undergoes a both a chemical and structural change. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks, and the safety of the individual.
What Are The Stages Of Alzheimer’s?
Mild:In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may function fairly independently. He or she may still drive, work, and be part of social activities. Despite this, the person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses, such as forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects. Family, friends, and other close individuals will begin to notice difficulties as well. Common difficulties include:
Moderate: Moderate Alzheimer’s is typically the longest stage and can last for many years. As the disease progresses, the person with Alzheimer’s will require a greater level of care. During the moderate stage of Alzheimer’s, the dementia symptoms are much more pronounced. You may notice your loved one confusing words, getting frustrated, or angry, or acting in unexpected ways such as refusing to bathe. Damage to the brain can make it difficult to express thoughts and perform routine tasks. At this point symptoms with be noticeable to others and may include:
Severe: In the final stage of this disease, dementia symptoms are severe. Individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually to control movement. They may still say words or phrases but communicating pain becomes difficult. As memory and cognitive skills continue to worsen, significant personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive help with daily activities. At this stage individuals may: