What is Memory Care?
If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a memory condition, deciding on a move to a Memory Care community may be the best decision not only for them, but for you as a caregiver. Not only is it difficult to watch someone close to you change, but the stress of caregiving can have negative effects on your health, work, and life.
In 2018, one in 10 individuals age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia. In Wisconsin, an estimated 110,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, with a projected increase of 18.2% by 2025. The majority of individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia are cared for by informal or unpaid caregivers, usually a loved one. About a quarter of these caregivers are considered to be part of the “sandwich generation,” meaning they are caring both for a loved one with dementia and for a child or children under the age of 18.
There are a lot of reasons why you may be nervous to move your loved one to a Memory Care community. However, studies have shown that individuals who live in a Memory Care community show overall better health, mental functioning, and happiness compared to those who live at home.
Benefits of Memory Care Communities for Residents:
- Round-the-clock, active management of Alzheimer's and other dementias, shown to drastically improve the quality of life for residents.
- Specialized dietary services to provide critical nutrition and reduce the risk of vitamin deficiencies.
- Plentiful opportunities for social interaction and support.
- Decreased likelihood of falls, injuries, or behavioral difficulties.
- Increased independence and physical, mental, and social stimulation.
- Round-the-clock, professional care.
- Medication management.
- Thoughtfully-designed indoor and outdoor common spaces for a welcoming, home-like environment.
Benefits of Memory Care Communities for Loved Ones/Informal Caregivers:
- Peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and well-taken care of.
- More time to spend with family, doing things around the house, and practicing self care.
- Reduced risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
- Eliminated risk of physical strain or injury from caregiving activities.
- Reduced responsibility for often-complicated health care management duties.
What is Unique about a Memory Care Community?
Memory Care communities provide compassionate, specialized, long-term care for seniors with dementia. Like Assisted Living, Memory Care provides residents with nutritious meals and help with daily living activities, with the addition of supportive services designed specifically for those with memory conditions.
A Memory Care community is a space designed thoughtfully and specifically for individuals living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a memory condition. The best communities provide all the comforts of home with quality, daily opportunities for mental, physical, and emotional engagement.
Capri’s Memory Care communities are intentionally designed to benefit our residents, using strategies such as color coding for ease of navigation and secured outdoor spaces for residents to peacefully and safely enjoy the seasons. Each community offers specialized programming to engage residents, allowing them to be around friends and keep active in mind and body. Technology such as safety call systems, whirlpool spas, and electronic recordkeeping, alongside nutritious daily meals and therapeutic services, ensure each resident’s unique needs are met.
It may feel perfectly natural to you to provide care for your loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact, many people don’t even consider what they do to be “caregiving.” As the years pass, you may start to feel like you are spread too thin, or that the responsibility of providing the care your loved one needs is getting to be too much. That’s when it is time to explore your options, and we hope you will consider a visit to a Capri Memory Care community. When you need us, we will be here.
Explore Capri’s Campuses and Communities page, or contact us to learn more about our expert Memory Care communities and services.