Memory Care for Seniors with Dementia

a carer walking with a senior woman at the park

Caring for a loved one with dementia may be challenging doing at home, so many are choosing to leave the job to professionals with the right expertise and institutions with the necessary facilities. After all, the memory care programs they offer can provide more comfort and support than they could ever give.

Over five million Americans have dementia and the numbers are rising. A progressive cognitive decline, forgetfulness, anxiety, and confusion are what makes life difficult for seniors and their families.

In the early stages of dementia, seniors can usually stay at home and are self-sufficient, but as it progresses, they may forget how to do household tasks and be prone to accidents. They may forget where they are or how to get back home. When this stage occurs, Legacy Village of Provo says that it’s time to look into assisted living in Orem.

Memory Care Homes

Memory care homes are safe and secure, with friendly staff who will ensure that each resident can’t wander off. Other key aspects of their memory care program include:

  • Regular routines with mealtimes and bedtimes.
  • Structured activities to do throughout the day. (Keeping a busy mind slows dementia and lessens the anxiety that comes with it.)
  • Memory boxes placed outside bedroom doors (with the resident’s belongings) to help recognize own rooms.
  • Photo reminders placed at various locations to exercise their memory.

Vintage Villages

Some memory care homes have self-contained restaurants, grocery stores, and post offices modeled after old architecture. As people with dementia have a tendency to remember the distant past yet forget what happened the day before, a “vintage” environment could comfort them. This also provides an opportunity for them to exercise some form of independence, with support from nursing staff if needed.

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Memory care is a form of dementia care that encourages memory with visual cues, regular activities, and rooms built to prevent residents from becoming lost. Self-contained room designs can also promote independence. The use of vintage can comfort and reduce anxiety, helping them to feel more enjoyment in their last phase of life.