Memory care communities provide person-centered, supervised care for aged adults who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other forms of memory loss in a safe and secure environment. Many individuals in the latter stages of the disease have trouble completing basic everyday tasks like dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. Symptoms like disorientation and aggression may worsen as dementia progresses, impacting both aged adults with dementia and those around them. Memory care communities provide a comparable level of personal care services as assisted living communities, but with increased safety precautions and specialized trained team members to accommodate the requirements of those with memory-related conditions.
When is Memory Care Necessary?
Regardless of whether your loved one has been recently diagnosed with dementia or is displaying signs of worsening cognitive decline, it is important to understand what to expect as their conditions progress, and the type of care they require at each stage so as to facilitate proper planning. Some signs that it may be time for memory care include:
- Trying to manage behaviors like aggression and confusion at home has become overwhelming
- Your loved one wanders, making you concerned about their safety
- Your loved one is not keeping up with daily personal hygiene needs
- Your loved one is losing or gaining weight rapidly or not getting hitting their nutritional quota
- You have difficulty managing your loved one’s medications
- You are unable to adapt your home to protect your loved one from falls and accidents.
- You are or have a caregiver who’s burnt out
- You are worried about your own health and wellbeing or concerned about your own safety or the safety of your family
Memory care communities relieve residents of everyday chores by providing services like daily cleaning, weekly housekeeping, laundry services, and many more. They also offer special meals, support, and means of communication to ensure that residents get proper nutrition and enjoy mealtimes. Here at TerraBella Spartanburg, we provide a calm dining experience for memory care residents utilizing subtle sciences like colors and sounds to stimulate appetite and awareness and encourage active participation. We also have a “Food on the Run” program catered to residents who frequently wander or are unable to focus during mealtimes.
Programs and Activities
A person-centered approach in dementia care means care is personalized to support individual needs. Many memory care communities offer customized care. Programs and activities are planned according to residents’ needs and interests. Our community at TerraBella Spartanburg utilizes purpose-driven group and one-on-one activities that stimulate physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing. Residents are also encouraged to form friendships and develop a sense of purpose, personal success, and independence in order to live a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Embark on Memory Care with TerraBella Spartanburg
Interested to find out more about memory care at TerraBella Spartanburg in the beautiful South Carolina Upstate region? Contact us and our senior lifestyle counselors will be on hand to assist you, schedule a tour, and answer any questions you may have regarding our memory care program, amenities, living and enrichment programs, and many more.