Assisted living is a personalized care service offered to seniors who require assistance on various levels of personal care. On the other hand, memory care is a more specialized and differentiated service provided for individuals suffering from dementia. Both memory care and assisted living services provide many similar key features, such as helping individuals with daily tasks and personal hygiene. However, memory care provides more dementia-specific activities and therapies to help them cope with varying levels of memory deficiencies and cognitive impairment.
Team members from both assisted living and memory care communities are skilled in helping their residents with daily tasks, such as feeding, showering, grooming, and more. The difference is that memory care team members are additionally trained to provide round-the-clock supervision and more person-focused care. As residents with dementia can experience more distress and show aggression in certain cases, team members are equipped to manage challenging situations and provide comfort in times of need. They are also trained to support the physical, emotional, and mental needs of their residents while providing guidance to help them adapt to living with dementia.
Uniquely Designed Spaces And Amenities
Assisted living communities provide a variety of stylish amenities to help their residents stay engaged and live a higher quality of life, such as gyms, libraries, multifunction game rooms, jacuzzi spas, and more. Memory care communities provide a number of these stylish amenities, but with additional safety features. As many residents with dementia suffer from memory deficiencies, the building layouts are simple in format and are color-coded to help their residents with navigation. The living spaces are also more personalized, with memory boxes filled with familiar objects to help their residents recognize their personal living spaces and reduce feelings of confusion and anxiety.
Activities And Therapies
Both assisted living and memory care communities organize a variety of fun and engaging activities to help their residents stay active and encourage social interactions. Assisted living communities prioritize social activities that appeal to different interests, such as book clubs, game nights, shopping trips, exercise classes, parties, and more. Memory care communities provide both individual and group activities that cater to individuals with varying levels of memory deficiencies. They also prioritize dementia-specific tailored therapies that help maintain cognitive skills and provide comfort to their residents. Some memory-enhancing therapies include sensory therapy, art therapy, reminiscence therapy, music therapy, and pet therapy.
Senior Living Options at TerraBella Southport
TerraBella Southport offers both assisted living and memory care communities in one dynamic setting. With ever-changing needs and varying levels of care, their flexible lifestyle options can adapt according to the needs of your loved one if required. We provide stylish amenities, such as restaurant-style dining, daily activities and recreational events, wellness classes, outdoor living spaces, and more. In fact, there is a full-time director of activities to ensure you or your loved one feel fulfilled and enriched. Your loved one is guaranteed to find one that is suitable and caters to their preference. Contact them today to explore their available senior lifestyle options to choose the one suitable for you or your loved one.