As aging relatives require more assistance, many adult children contemplate senior care options. One of those care options is memory care. Memory care is a specialized type of senior care designed for individuals experiencing cognitive impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
When looking at a memory care facility, you can expect personalized care and programs, comprehensive amenities, and support for residents and families. If you think it might be time for a loved one to enter a memory care facility, the team at Fox Trail Memory Care at Cresskill is here to help. Scheduling a tour can provide an opportunity to talk to staff, view the living spaces, and explore the amenities available for your loved one.
What Is Memory Care?
Memory care is a form of senior care that caters to individuals with memory impairments or cognitive problems, such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
Memory care communities offer specialized care to support the safety and comfort of your loved one. The staff at memory care facilities have specialized training in caring for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. They’re trained in handling memory loss and other symptoms that occur during memory decline.
When Is It Time for Memory Care?
Maintaining independence for older adults is the goal of many families, and it can be challenging to determine when it’s time to encourage your loved one to move to memory care. Some signs that may that cognitive decline warrants memory care may include:
- Difficulty performing daily living activities
- Behavioral changes
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Wandering behavior
- Worsening health and physical decline
- Depression, anxiety, mood changes, or social isolation
Expectations from a Memory Care Community
When looking for a memory care facility, it’s important to consider the type of care that your loved one needs. The degree of memory impairment can vary widely. Fox Trail Memory Care provides a range of care levels for your loved one and can adjust their care needs as their memory declines.
Memory care communities are designed with safety features that reduce the chance of residents wandering off or injuring themselves. This typically includes secure entrances and exits, non-slip flooring, and grab bars in common areas.
Resident rooms are furnished and equipped with necessary safety features; however, you may have the option to personalize and decorate the space to make it feel more homely.
Care Services & Amenities
Memory care facilities offer unique services and amenities to provide residents with the support they need. Amenities offered at Fox Trail Memory Care at Cresskill include:
- 24-hour onsite staff
- Medication management
- Housekeeping and laundry service
- 3 home-cooked meals per day and daily snacks
- Cable television
- Outdoor walking paths and gardens
- Priority admission to rehabilitation and nursing centers
- Fully furnished apartments
- Engagement in cognitive support
- Stimulating activities for healthy brain function
- Fitness and exercise for walking and balance
- Non-pharmaceutical interventions
These activities can help older adults with cognitive decline enhance their mental and physical abilities, boost mood, and decrease feelings of isolation. Memory care patients need constant supervision, so memory care facilities provide 24-hour supervision from carefully trained caregivers.
Memory Care Programs
Every older adult experiences cognitive decline differently, and it’s important that your loved one receives personalized care to reflect that. Their new home should be a place where they can comfortably receive the care they need and have support that adapts to their cognition.
For older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, personalized attention and therapies are offered at Fox Trail Memory Care at Creskill to support their longevity and health. Other types of dementia require a different approach based on the cause and severity of their cognitive decline. From activities, therapies, and home-like support, engagement and stimulation can make a difference in their quality of life.
Residents with Parkinson’s disease have different limitations in speech, movement, and balance, and programming is centred around making their lives easier. With the right help, their declining motor function won’t get in the way of participating in hobbies, activities, and daily tasks.
Support for Caregivers
Family members may struggle to support their loved ones experiencing cognitive impairment. In memory care facilities, caregivers can seek respite while trained specialists and medical professionals care for their loved ones. A memory care facility can offer the caregiver and the whole family peace of mind, knowing their loved one is getting the care they need.
While moving a loved one to memory care can be a drastic change for the family, there are resources available to help navigate a loved one’s cognitive decline.
Trust Fox Trail Memory Care at Cresskill
If you’re searching for senior care for your loved one with memory impairments, memory care can help provide the unique type of support they require. Memory care communities are designed to meet the individual needs of those experiencing memory loss, and they provide residents with specialized care while promoting quality of life.
Deciding to move a loved one into a memory care facility can be a big decision. Contact us at Fox Trail Memory Care at Cresskill today to learn more about our memory care services and how we can support your loved one.