Today, nearly 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is projected to reach nearly 14 million by 2050. While the statistics are startling, there is help, and hope, for families with loved ones experiencing Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related conditions.
Dementia encompasses a number of conditions and symptoms that can vary greatly. Consider scheduling a consultation with a medical professional if your loved one has significant difficulty with at least two of the following:
- Communication or language
- Ability to focus or pay attention
- Reasoning or judgment
- Visual perception
Many families make assumptions about their loved one’s condition and the level of support they truly need when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s best to take things one day at a time. It could be months, or even years, before a loved one is in need of memory care, or a higher level of support. There is support, such as the Alzheimer’s Association and local support groups, available to help you navigate this new world.
If life circumstances will not allow for them to live at home, it might be time to consider assisted living or memory care in a senior living community. Memory care neighborhoods are staffed with specialists who are specifically trained to assist those with impaired cognition or dementia-related conditions. These neighborhoods are designed to minimize overstimulation with comfortable common areas and enclosed courtyards. These accommodations allow freedom of movement and enjoyment of the outdoors, without the risk of wandering or getting lost.
Many assisted living communities have specialized memory care neighborhoods, but these two types of care are not synonymous. Assisted living provides support as needed with activities of daily living as well as social activities. If your loved one does not wander, assisted living is a good option to consider.
Memory care neighborhoods are generally secured, or locked. They are designed for those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory condition by a medical professional and who are in need of a higher level of care and supervision. Memory care offers the same services as assisted living with a few notable differences:
- Higher staff to patient ratio,
- Specialized programs to help residents experience joy, relive treasured memories, and communicate in new ways,
- Comfortable living spaces designed with soothing lighting and colors to promote calm,
- Secured neighborhood to promote safety and minimize wandering behavior.
Memory support at Friendship Village Columbus
Every memory is precious for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia-related conditions. Our memory support neighborhood at Friendship Village Columbus is warm and inviting, staffed with compassionate, highly-trained professionals who understand that no two days are alike. We provide the comfort and support your loved ones need with around-the-clock personal care. Our staff help residents remain engaged each day through music and art therapy. Residents experience purposeful living that increases their quality of life and contributes to their wellness – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Call Friendship Village Columbus at (614) 890-8285 to learn more about our Ridgewood Terrace Memory Support neighborhood.