What is Memory Care?
Memory care is specialized long-term care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory problems. It’s sometimes referred to as a memory care unit, a special care unit, or an Alzheimer’s care unit.
Regardless of the name, memory care focuses on caring for residents with memory issues. Memory care residents receive close monitoring and care customized to those with memory loss. The activities and overall schedule are designed to help residents retain memory and promote cognitive abilities. As well, the residence itself is designed with enhanced safety and security for memory care and our staff is specially trained to assist those with memory difficulties.
Memory Care vs. Assisted Living
Assisted living is designed for seniors who can live somewhat independently but may need help with some tasks like bathing, dressing, and medication management. Seniors in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s may be a good fit for assisted living, but only memory care is specially designed to care for those with memory issues.
Memory care supports those who cannot live independently, similar to assisted living, but also has specialized aspects to help with memory loss. The environment is more secure and there is a greater level of supervision to prevent wandering. The daily activities will also be focused on memory exercises, helping residents to retain their memory as much as possible.
How Memory Care Works
We use specialized methods to care for your loved ones with memory difficulties, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.
The Mosher-Gardens Method
The Mosher-Gardens method is our custom approach to memory care. It’s specifically designed to provide memory sensitive residents with holistic care and enrichment. Through this method, we aim to create a safe and comforting environment that minimizes the stress associated with memory loss.
Specialized activities help residents with memory loss through social connection and cognitive exercises. These activities help to reduce anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Special events around holidays also help indicate the passage of time, something that can be difficult for those with memory loss.
Think More® is a combination of activities designed to promote social interaction and mental stimulation. Structured activities like music, arts, crafts, and games help to promote memory and cognitive ability. The small group setting helps residents make social connections, both one-on-one and in group settings.
According to research, the combination of intellectual activities and socialization can help to improve cognition and overall well-being for those with memory difficulties. Memory care residents participate in Think More® programming twice per week.