As you explore types of retirement communities for a loved one with signs of dementia, you may have considered memory care communities. A memory care community is a specific type of senior living community that specializes in Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Here, residents benefit from medical care and customized programs to help slow the progression of memory loss. Seniors receive long-term care for memory care issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease or other forms of dementia. The following provides the benefits of memory care communities for those suffering from a memory-related diagnosis.
Concern With Personal Safety
One of the biggest concerns for seniors who have memory loss disorders is their personal safety. Forgetting to turn off the oven, for example, can have devastating consequences.
As memory-related diseases progress, seniors will sometimes forget to eat, bathe and/or take medications. They may struggle to socialize and isolate themselves as a result. Over time, these changes in behavior can negatively impact their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
When you select a memory care community like Oakmont of Fresno, your loved one will receive 24-hour supervised medical care, seven days a week, including holidays. This way, our residents get the memory care services they need, whether that is emergency medical attention or increased social engagement.
Memory Loss Support
In a memory care retirement community, seniors are treated by medical professionals trained in memory-related diseases. As a result, residents receive customized support aimed at slowing the progression of age-related memory loss associated with forms of dementia.
If you want to improve the quality of life for a loved one with memory loss, opt for a memory care community. Programs, including physical therapy, music therapy, and behavioral modifications, are often offered. Examples of behavioral changes include having set schedules each day to assist with making memory connections.
Prescription medications, including antidepressants, anxiolytics, and antipsychotic drugs, may be administered as needed on-site. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your loved one will receive the medications he/she needs each day, and that they’ll be administered by a caring and trained professional.
Choose a Continuum of Care
Another consideration when selecting the right senior community for a loved one is whether there is a continuum of care. In a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, seniors can stay within the same community even as their medical needs change.
For example, here at Oakmont of Fresno, we provide memory care as well as assisted living and personal care services, including our comprehensive diabetes management services via our Diabetes Wellness Program. We also provide podiatrist treatments, speech therapy and primary care services.
By choosing one senior community that offers all the types of senior services your loved one may benefit from, you save more than just money. You will not have to worry about moving your loved one from one senior community to another due to a change in their level of care.
Select Top-Rated Memory Care Community in Fresno
Oakmont of Fresno was recently rated the “Best Assisted Living Community” in Fresno by caring.com and senioradvisor.com. By choosing our community for your loved one, you benefit from more than just memory care. You provide them with a continuum of care that will best serve them as their needs change. Contact Oakmont of Fresno to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you.