What is Memory Care?
As families begin to explore different care options for their loved ones, they quickly come across the phrase “Memory Care”. Indeed, it is correct to assume that Memory Care has to do with loss of memory and different aspects regarding cognition, but it is important to know, that Memory Care is more than just a phrase. Memory Care if a form of residential long-term care, that offers intensive and specialized care for people who have problems with memory and cognition. Memory Care is a branch with an environment specifically designated for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Memory Care, which sometimes is also referred to as Alzheimer’s Care, involves 24-hour care for seniors, to ensure safety, well being, and prevention of wandering. As the disease progresses, dementia behaviors and symptoms can become difficult to manage, and living at home may no longer be safe. Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s need around the clock care, close supervision, and safe and secure environment. “Among the many Memory Care Facilities in Springfield, here at Close to Paradise, you can be at peace, knowing that your loved one’s care needs are addressed with outmost attention.”
Some of the services that Memory Care includes
Memory Care includes first and foremost, 24-hour care for seniors who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. Because of the risk of wandering and confusion, the elderly who are in need of Memory Care, should not be left out of sight or unsupervised. As the disease progresses, many seniors will have difficulty performing simple activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and using the toilet. Confusion and disorientation, which often leads to aggression, also tend to get worse, making it difficult for families to provide around the clock care for their loved one. Medication management is also a big factor when it comes to caring for seniors that need Memory Care. At Close to Paradise, we have trained professionals and caregivers who manage and administer all medications, whether they need to be swallowed whole, crushed, dissolved and much more. Laundry is another service that we offer at Close to Paradise for all seniors in our care. Laundry is done each day, as often as the need arises. The hands on help with personal care, incontinence care and toileting are integral aspects of the care picture as a whole. The hands on care furthermore, is not limited when it comes to the care of our patients. We go above and beyond, to make sure each need is addressed effectively and in a timely manner. We take pride in our hands on expertise and readiness to assist in all areas of need.
Low staff-to-resident ratio
A key factor to keep in mind when looking for care for a loved one, especially when memory care is a must, is the staff-to-resident ratio. Seniors who experience memory difficulties as a result of Alzheimer’s or dementia, are more prone to wandering, confusion, anxiety, agitation, restlessness and disorientation, thus, requiring more attention, and ultimately, more hands on care. The smaller the ratio of staff to resident, the more time, attention and supervision will be available to be given to the patients who require such care. Our trained caregivers know that your loved one’s safety is a priority and close supervision is always provided. The quiet and loving atmosphere, in our home like environment, is focused on promoting a sense of safety, calmness and familiarity, to help each individual relax and feel at home.