Discover How Memory Support Communities Improve Quality of Life

Individuals living with early-stage dementia often remain at home. Families and friends may provide primary care, or relief and respite when needed. However, as the disease progresses, the attention required will also increase—and may eventually exceed what can be provided.

When families turn to memory care communities, they are relieved to discover the many benefits available, including personalized care plans, therapy and activity programs, healthy dining, secure residences and safe common areas.

Memory support is designed for these elements to work together. Communities not only provide a high level of care but help residents create the highest quality of life possible.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia at home can be rewarding but also challenging. Consider the following:

  1. Emotional and Physical Stress: The extensive and continued nature of caregiving can lead to burnout, stress and health problems for the caregiver. Respite care to provide a break is often difficult to arrange.
  2. Safety Concerns: Individuals may wander, become lost and not know how to return home. There can also be accidents in the home due to confusion, memory loss and disorientation, especially in an unsecured environment.
  3. Lack of Proper Training: Family members often lack the specialized training that can be required when interacting and responding to behaviors associated with dementia. Eventually, care may be required around the clock.
  4. Social Isolation: Both the caregiver and the loved one may become isolated due to the progression of the disease and the continued demands of caregiving. It may become easier to remain at home — but isolation can have a negative impact on both physical and emotional health.
  5. Financial Strain: Home modifications, safety equipment and in-home care costs can be significant. Families often assume that care at home is the most affordable option but are often surprised when creating a budget for services.

Advantages of Memory Care Communities

Memory care communities have the staff to tailor services for the individual and serve as a supportive resource for the families. Consider these benefits:

  • Specialized Care: Memory care staff are trained specifically to care for individuals with memory loss, provide personalized care plans and reassure and encourage the resident’s needs and abilities.
  • Secure Environment: To prevent wandering and ensure the safety of residents, communities offer secured areas without obvious movement restrictions.
  • Therapy Programs: For those living with dementia, research has shown that activities and therapy programs can stimulate cognitive function and physical health.
  • Social Engagement: Opportunities for social interaction are also important for those living with dementia. Feelings of isolation can be reduced, and residents may improve their outlook by having access to social opportunities. 
  • Family Support: Communities can be a resource for families to help them learn and understand more about dementia as well as suggestions for how to interact and support their loved ones.  

Living with Dementia: Improving Quality of Life

Memory care communities also focus on enhancing the quality of life for their residents through several key avenues:

  1. Personalized Care: Understanding that each journey with memory loss is unique, care plans are tailored to meet the individual’s needs, preferences and stages of progression.
  2. Dignity and Independence: Assisting with daily activities helps preserve residents’ dignity and encourages independence for as long as possible.
  3. Cognitive Stimulation: Engaging in mentally stimulating activities can help slow down cognitive decline and keep residents mentally active.
  4. Physical Health: Regularly scheduled physical activities are designed to maintain mobility, flexibility and overall health.
  5. Emotional Support: Emotional and psychological needs are addressed through compassionate care and interaction, fostering a sense of belonging and contentment.
  6. Structured Routine: A predictable daily schedule helps reduce anxiety and confusion among residents with memory loss.
  7. Nutritious Meals: Dietary needs are met with balanced meals designed to enhance cognitive function and physical health.
  8. Music and Art Therapy: These therapies can evoke memories, stimulate emotions and encourage self-expression in residents.
  9. Outdoor Activities: Access to safe outdoor spaces allows residents to connect with nature, promoting relaxation and well-being.
  10. Personalized Residences: Personal items in their living spaces can help residents feel more at home and connected.

By providing specialized care, a secure environment, cognitive stimulation, and opportunities for social engagement, as well as peace of mind and reassurance, memory care communities play a crucial role in improving quality of life for individuals and their families.

At Presbyterian Village North, we support both the individual and the family as they navigate the dementia journey.

We focus on the quality of life for our residents with a staff specially trained in the best practices of dementia care. Residents make their homes in private apartments while benefiting from the daily interactions with others and participating in our exercise, music, art and cognitive therapies.

We also provide the following services:

  • Chef-prepared cuisine—3 meals per day with varied, all-day dining options
  • Security system in all buildings ensures protection and safety
  • Secure entry/exit/windows in our Memory Support neighborhood
  • Secure Outdoor Patio in our Memory Support neighborhood
  • Safety checks every two hours as needed
  • Emergency call system with pendant
  • Escort assistance as needed to and from dining and activities
  • Convenient access to mobile healthcare services onsite including dental, podiatry, optometry, audiology, mobile x-ray and lab, and dietician
  • Full onsite pharmacy
  • 24/7 onsite licensed nurse

Presbyterian Village North is a compassionate resource for your loved one and your family. Please call 214-355-9015 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personal visit to our community.