After noticing changes in a loved one’s memory and functioning, or receiving a diagnosis of dementia, many families are left on their own to navigate a challenging, emotional time. That’s when memory care or a memory care center can offer valuable care and support. These professionals deal explicitly with memory impairments and provide unparalleled insight into appropriate services, care techniques, social support and more.
Benefits of Memory Care:
- Access to professionals who have extensive experience caring for those with memory impairments. Dementia can be difficult to diagnosis and treat. A benefit of memory care is access to professionals, such as an internist, social worker, and a psychiatrist, who have worked closely with many patients with memory impairments. They offer specialized knowledge and care that other providers who don’t regularly care for those with dementia may be missing.
- Personalized care plans for every client. Memory care is deeply personal and the level of support needed varies greatly from client to client. A memory care program can evaluate the appropriate services needed right now and develop a plan that meets those needs. Plans are evaluated on a regular basis to make sure that the interventions are still appropriate for the client as their needs change.
- Professionals who can evaluate the client’s home and help implement safety measures. For seniors with memory impairment, a safely modified home can be important to their well-being. A dementia care professional can survey the client’s home and make appropriate suggestions to make the environment as safe as possible. This includes things like suggesting furniture arrangements so that there are no trip hazards, helping to get a stair chair installed, or recommending safety bars in bathrooms.
- Connecting with a support network of other clients and caregivers who are experiencing the same challenges. Separate support groups for those with dementia and their caregivers are often offered. Social support and meaningful connections are important for overall mental health for both caregivers and clients. Connecting with those who are going through similar challenges can provide new friendships and insights into how others cope at home.
- The attention of a social worker who helps arrange care between providers and sets up services as needed. One of the most difficult aspects of providing care can be making sure that all providers are working together to carry out the same care plan. A benefit of Abramson’s memory care program in particular is having a care advisor who is the point person between all parties, making sure that crucial information about care doesn’t fall through any cracks. It also relieves the burden from the caregiver to communicate between the different care providers.
- Access to therapeutic recreational groups, like music and arts and crafts. These groups are appropriately designed for those with memory impairments. Research shows that those with memory impairment benefit greatly from staying active and engaged. Finding a memory center that offers programming beyond medical support offers a great opportunity for your loved one to stay connected with beloved interests and hobbies.
When to contact a memory care center
You do not need an official diagnosis of dementia to reach out to a memory center. If you suspect that you or your loved one is struggling with memory impairment, the professionals at the memory center can evaluate and diagnose. Don’t wait to get an evaluation. It has been shown that the earlier supports are implemented, the better both client and caregivers do.
Dealing with memory impairment can be extremely difficult for seniors and their caregivers. But there is help available. A quality memory program can provide the support needed, helping clients and caregivers thrive.
For more information about the Edna Young Gordon Healthy Brain and Memory Center, call Abramson Care Advisors at 215.371.3400. A senior care expert is available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week.