Moving a parent with dementia into a memory care community can be a difficult and emotional process. It is important to approach the situation with compassion and understanding. It’s also important to remember that the move is ultimately for the benefit of your parent, as memory care communities provide specialized care and support for those with dementia.
Memory care communities are designed to provide a safe and secure environment, with staff trained to understand the needs of those with dementia. They also provide a variety of activities and social opportunities to help keep residents engaged and active. With the right approach, the transition to a memory care community can be a positive experience for both you and your parent.
What Is Dementia?
Dementia is a progressive neurological disorder that affects memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday activities. As the disease progresses, it can become increasingly difficult for a person with dementia to move around safely and independently.
Memory care communities are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for those with dementia, with specialized staff and activities to help them stay active and engaged. Moving a parent with dementia into a memory care community can be a difficult decision, but it can also provide them with the care and support they need to live a comfortable and fulfilling life.
Preparing for the Move
Taking the time to prepare for the move helps to make the transition as smooth as possible. There are several steps you can take to help prepare for the move.
Involve Your Parent in the Decision-Making Process
Even if your parent has limited cognitive abilities, it’s important to involve them in the decision to move into a memory care community. This helps them feel a sense of control and involvement in their own care.
Familiarize Your Parent with the New Environment
Before the move, take your parent to visit the memory care community and introduce them to their new surroundings. This can help ease any fears or anxieties they may have about moving.
Pack Familiar Items
When packing for the move, be sure to include familiar items from your parent’s current living space. This could be photos, decorations, or personal belongings that hold sentimental value. These items can help create a sense of familiarity and comfort in their new living space.
Communicate with the Memory Care Community
Before the move, communicate with the staff at the memory care community to discuss your parent’s specific needs and preferences. This will allow them to better accommodate your parent and provide personalized care.
Be Patient & Understanding
Moving can be a stressful experience for anyone, especially for someone with dementia. Be patient and understanding during the transition period as your parent adjusts to their new living arrangements.
After the move, make sure to visit your parent frequently and maintain regular communication with the staff at the memory care community. This helps you stay involved in your parent’s care and ensures that their needs are being met.
What to Expect in a Memory Care Community
There are many shared common features and services that you can expect to find in a memory care community.
Memory care communities are specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The staff is trained to provide specialized care and support for residents with memory loss.
Safe & Secure Environment
Memory care communities offer a safe and secure environment for their residents. This includes features such as locked doors, emergency call systems, and 24-hour supervision to ensure the safety of residents.
Activities & Programs
Memory care communities often offer a range of activities and programs designed to engage residents and promote cognitive function. These may include memory games, music therapy, art classes, and more.
Personalized Care Plans
Each resident in a memory care community should expect an individualized care plan tailored to their specific needs and abilities. This helps residents receive the appropriate level of care and support they need.
Proper nutrition is important for individuals with dementia, and memory care communities typically offer nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day. Special dietary accommodations can also be made if needed.
Support for Families
Moving a parent into a memory care community can be a difficult decision for families. Memory care communities often offer support and resources for families, including education on dementia and Alzheimer’s, support groups, and regular communication with staff.
Continuous Monitoring & Care
Memory care communities often provide round-the-clock care for their residents. This means someone is always available to monitor their safety, provide assistance with activities of daily living, and administer any necessary medications.
Isolation can be a major issue for seniors with memory loss. Memory care communities offer a variety of social activities and programs to keep residents engaged and connected with others. This can include group outings, exercise classes, and other recreational activities.
Discover the Compassionate Memory Care Community at The Fairways at Naples
The Fairways at Naples offers a memory care community that is dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized care for individuals with dementia. Our team of trained professionals is committed to creating a comfortable and nurturing environment for our residents to meet their physical, emotional, and social needs.
If you’re considering moving your loved one into a memory care community, we invite you to reach out and see the warm and welcoming community we have created. We understand the importance of making this decision and are here to support you every step of the way.