If you have a loved one with dementia, it may hinder their ability to take care of themselves or cause them daily stress and anxiety. It can be overwhelming for them to complete tasks. Memory care assisted living can help improve quality of life and minimize daily stress. Riley Crossing Senior Living follows Ebenezer’s Dimensions® program to provide exceptional, compassionate care using evidence-based best practices. Below are five ways that this program helps those with dementia.
1. Specialized Care
Each person requires a different level of care. Our memory care program looks at the person’s abilities, needs, preferences and personal history. We meet residents where they are —this can change from day to day with dementia. There are days when people function well and days when they require extra attention. It’s part of the deal. We expect it, and we train staff to respond accordingly. Our caregivers are trained to respond with compassion and creativity to any resident’s specific needs.
Dementia can be a very isolating condition. By receiving memory care at a senior living community instead of at home, seniors are able to socialize with their peers while receiving care. They develop friendships and have the opportunity to connect with other residents who also have dementia. It can be a tremendous relief just to know they aren’t alone.
Everyone needs stimulating activities, but it’s particularly important for those with dementia. We have a commitment to lifelong learning and creative arts engagement. We focus on keeping residents in touch with experience that are integral to their identities. This includes music, art, yoga, poetry. Service projects and other activities our residents enjoy. All of our activities are person-centered and calming, whether they are solo or interactive.
4. A Safe Environment
It’s vital that seniors with dementia have a stable, safe environment to call home. We offer 24-hour staffing and round-the-clock emergency response. Our senior living community includes accessible spaces and furniture to accommodate people who have disabilities. We also continuously assess our environments to ensure dementia-friendly design structures (see our floor plans for more details). Features include controlled-access entries, community activity spaces, outdoor patios, and special lighting designed for aging eyes.
5. Family Education and Support
Dementia doesn’t just affect one person: it impacts loved ones as well. Without support, family members and friends can feel lost and stressed. One of the benefits of memory care service is the support network for families as well as persons with dementia. At Riley Crossing, we offer caregiver support and family support through education, visitor guides and resources. We also have a Dementia Care Program Coordinator who presents at family events on topics such as Dementia Basics, Communicating with a Loved One with Memory Loss, Handling the Holidays when a Loved One has Memory Loss. to help with communicating with a loved one who has dementia.
Making the choice to move a loved one is never easy. However, memory care services can greatly improve quality of life and provide a support network that’s extremely difficult to find on your own. Our memory care experts have years of experience and have helped families just like yours – contact us today with any questions you have. To see Riley Crossing’s services firsthand, schedule a tour.