Choosing Memory Care for Your Loved One

By William Burr and John Briggs

Choosing Memory Care for Your Loved One

by William Burr and John Briggs

Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association), while a new case of dementia is diagnosed every three seconds worldwide (World Health Organization). The growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementia has created a need for specialized caregivers and memory care communities.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer a full continuum of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehab. This means no matter what stage of aging you encounter there is no relocation required, so residents can maintain consistency. Being confident in the services being provided through a transition from Assisted Living to Memory Care is important for residents and family members. Generally, residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia live together in their own neighborhood of a larger care residence such as The Lakes at Litchfield.

You should always know what to expect every step of the way regarding the level of care and your loved one’s care plan. A resident with Alzheimer’s or dementia requires a more intense and frequent level of care – be sure the neighborhood you choose has high levels of trained staffing. Each staff member in Memory Care should be a Certified Dementia Practitioner, ensuring they’re able to provide the best and most informed care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Finances, location and other issues specific to your loved one’s health should all be part of the conversation.

Even if the move is within the same neighborhood, make your loved one’s new room or space look and feel as familiar as possible. Stock the space with pictures of loved ones and friends, memory books or photo albums. Reminiscing about the past can help a person who has Alzheimer’s bring reassuring memories into the present.

In addition to the care services, Continuing Care Retirement Communities encourage socialization and togetherness with peers and family/friends through events, activities and trips. The holidays are an especially important time for your resident to participate as much as they are able. The Lakes at Litchfield has trained staff to answer any questions and guide you through the process of helping your loved one transition into memory care.

About this writer

  • William Burr and John Briggs

    William Burr and John Briggs

    William Burr is the Lifestyle Advisor at The Lakes at Litchfield, Pawleys Island’s Premier Life Plan community located at 120 Lakes at Litchfield Drive in Pawleys Island; John Briggs is a Lakes at Litchfield Volunteer. For more information, call 843-235-2424.

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