Top 5 Misconceptions About Memory CareMarch 10, 2016 | Heritage Place
Memory care is an important but little-understood segment of senior living services. Memory care communities like Heritage Place in Bountiful, UT, provide specially designed services for individuals living with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Although public awareness of memory disorders is slowly growing, there are still many misbeliefs about the disorders and memory care services out there. It's important for the public, and especially those seeking memory care for an elderly family member, to understand what memory care entails. Here are just five of the misconceptions we've encountered about memory care.
Misconception #1: Residents in memory care living communities can't engage in activities.
All of our memory care residents participate in activities.The staff at Heritage Place are committed to engaging our seniors by learning about their backgrounds and unique interests, and then designing a calendar of events that suits their passions and needs. We strive to educate our residents about new areas of interest and to keep them actively interested in lifelong hobbies. Our residents enjoy a variety of activities, some of their favorites being drawing and painting, building objects, singalongs, and baking. What's more, we understand that those with memory disorders have unique needs when it comes to programming, so we design activities that are both engaging and soothing for the symptoms of their disorder, like making or listening to music.
Misconception #2: Memory care residents can't learn new skills or hobbies.
Active senior living communities like ours allow our memory care residents the opportunity to learn about new interests and to gain the skills necessary to participate in new hobbies. People mistakenly believe that seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia are incapable of learning new things. At Heritage Place, we believe that our residents are lifelong learners and we strive to help them achieve personal growth.
Misconception #3: Seniors with dementia can't socialize or make new friends.
Alzheimer's disease and other dementias can make socializing more difficult, but with the right opportunities, we believe that anyone can find human connection and friendship. Active senior communities like Heritage Place focus on the mind, body, and spirit, which means we are devoted to helping our residents forge connections with staff members and each other. Seniors living with dementia can often feel lonely and isolated by their condition, but memory care living allows them to interact with people their age who also might share their symptoms.
Misconception #4: Memory care for seniors isn't home-like/my loved one will be living in a hospital.
Many people wrongly assume that a memory community will be a hospital-like setting for their relatives, or that their loved ones won't be comfortable or feel at home in memory care. At Heritage Place, we strive to create an atmosphere of warmth, safety, security, and engagement where they can also get the help they need for their condition. Our Illuminations memory program allows us to provide individualized personal care for each resident, ensuring that they are engaged and connected with their community. Our community is more than a medical or senior care facility: it's a home for your loved one.
Misconception #5: Memory care can't help my loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Memory care is often the best possible option to provide seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia with the individualized care they need. Those who reside in active senior living communities benefit greatly from memory care practices whether they read books, sing music, play board games, or exercise. Additionally, having caregivers there at all times ensures that they have their basic needs like medication management, dressing, and bathing attended to at all times.
At Heritage Place, we have the flexibility to alter activities to suit each individual's cognitive needs and preferences, ensuring that all of our residents benefit from our programs and offerings. Some residents may feel timid or afraid upon moving to the community, but with the help of our wonderful and caring staff, they soon feel at home and actively participate in the wide variety of events we offer.
If you're interested in learning more about memory care at Heritage Place or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us today to discuss the best solutions for you and your loved one.
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