What is Memory Care?

The Memory Care Experience

At Senior Lifestyle, our neighborhood-centric communities focus on making each day more vibrant for their residents, no matter their current abilities and cognition. Our communities are designed with comfort in mind, and we go the extra mile to ensure our residents feel happy, secure, and inspired. We maintain secure perimeters to keep our residents safe, and our expert and attentive staff make sure each resident is well cared for and listened to.

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J.D. Power and Associates Award
J.D. Power and Associates Award

Senior Lifestyle is Highest Ranked in Customer Satisfaction with Assisted Living/Memory Care Communities

Tied in 2020. For J.D. Power 2020 award information, visit jdpower.com/awards

Environment and Atmosphere

Residents living with memory impairment, dementia, or Alzheimer's thrive best in calm atmospheres and familiar settings that minimize distraction and confusion. Our communities provide this type of atmosphere inside and out, with beautiful, enclosed outdoor spaces. Families can feel more confident because their loved one is surrounded by 24/7 attentive care, security systems, and alarmed community entrances and exits.

Specialized Programming

Our communities tailor their social interactions, daily programs, and stimulating activities to fit with the abilities of their residents. These changes can include adaptation for sound and distraction, calming activities, and gentle encouragement. Many communities provide programming that encourages brain health and socialization centered around long-term recall.

embrace Memory Care

Senior Lifestyle has created an award-winning program called embrace Memory Care to help residents living with dementia or Alzheimer's find more joy and connection in their lives. This program is based on the latest memory research and engages residents by creating moments that stimulate the senses and call on engrained activities to encourage interaction with the world around them. This program takes personalized care one step further by forming daily rhythms for residents that allow more choice and independence in their days, such as choosing activities and menu items through visual cues. Finally, embrace Memory Care supports family members and friends in creating more meaning and connection in their visits through innovative programs and guided interactions.

Senior Lifestyle Values

At Senior Lifestyle, we help seniors and their families live with ease, while providing our residents a vibrant and healthy lifestyle. As a result of our core values, our residents enjoy special attention to detail and personalized care each day.

Some examples of our specialized offerings include:

  • Nutritious meals to promote wellness
  • Regular wellness checks and medication reminders
  • Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
  • A dynamic, lively calendar of daily programming
  • Technology to promote virtual socializing
  • Happy hours and holiday parties
  • Outings and events in our local community
*Every Memory Care community should tailor their environment to their individual residents. Not every community will provide the specific environment, programming, or amenities listed above.

Memory Care Services

Our communities provide all the services and amenities offered in other senior lifestyles but adapt their approach to service to help those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s feel more safe and secure. Professionally-trained staff members provide daily activities to create a more fulfilling lifestyle for their residents, while clinical and nursing teams ensure residents’ personal care, nutritional, and medical needs are being met.

Personal Care

Seniors living with dementia and Alzheimer’s often need help completing the activities of daily living, including dressing and personal hygiene. While families often wrestle with the question of when to move from Assisted Living to Memory Care, in the early stages of adapted Memory Care, a caregiver may only provide gentle reminders or cues to help residents complete a task, maintaining independence longer. In later stages, help can be adapted to include full daily assistance to help residents prepare for their day.

These communities tailor personal care plans to the individual, addressing their care needs at each stage of progression.

Cleaning and Laundry

For many seniors, not just those with dementia, household chores often become more difficult as they age. These communities take these daily to-dos off their residents’ lists and provide services such as daily tidying-up, weekly housekeeping, laundry services, and more. These services create a manageable lifestyle, leaving more time for relaxation and enjoyment.

Meals and Nutrition

Many family caregivers struggle with getting their loved ones to eat a balanced diet. In Memory Care communities, our staff communicates with the residents and family members to understand their taste preferences, nutritional needs, and medical limitations.

The communities can provide tailored diets, pureed meals, and meal assistance to ensure residents are getting the nutrition they need. We combine the joys of dining with the nutrition experts say our residents need to live a healthy life.

Pet-Friendly Places

While dementia and Alzheimer’s can often change relationships, many residents still find comfort and companionship with their beloved pets. Many of our communities embrace these relationships and provide pet-friendly apartments and spaces where owners and furry-friends can enjoy their days together.

Memory Care Services

Services in Memory Care communities should be adapted on every level to meet the specific needs of residents living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. When considering a Memory Care community, here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • Do you offer personalized care plans adapted to each resident’s progression stage and current abilities?
  • How is your programming catered for residents with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and memory care challenges?
  • Is your memory care neighborhood secure?

Who is Right For Memory Care?

For many families and caregivers, making the choice to move a loved one in a Memory Care community can be a difficult process. It’s important for families to understand their loved ones’ specific needs and be able to ensure the chosen community can provide appropriate 24/7 care.

Residents who would most benefit from living in these communities would have a memory or cognitive impairment or have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Residents needing 24/7 care due to physical limitations would most likely need Assisted Living or skilled nursing care.

A Snapshot of a Memory Care Resident

  • Diagnosed with memory loss, cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • Requires 24/7 attentive care in a secure environment
  • Would benefit from specialized environment and programming

It’s crucial for communities and staff to understand a new resident’s abilities and limitations as well as any behavioral or medical history. Families and caregivers should coordinate with their loved one’s physician to find the right community and lifestyle.

Security offerings may vary based on the needs of our residents. You can expect the following at our communities:

  • Expert, attentive staff
  • Secure perimeters and safety protocols
  • Sophisticated security systems
  • Emergency response protocols
  • Wellness checks
  • Medication reminders
  • On-site nursing staff
  • Transportation to and from doctors’ appointments

Senior Lifestyle Option Quiz

Which Senior Lifestyle Option is Best for You?

Not sure if Memory Care is the right fit? Take our personalized Level of Care Quiz to find out the best level of care for you or you loved one’s needs.

How to Find a Memory Care Community?

Families and caregivers might wonder, “How can I find Memory Care near me for my loved one?” While specialized memory communities are not as prevalent as Assisted Living options, these communities or adapted services are becoming more common. In addition to finding local recommendations through senior centers and senior advocates, research can start with a simple internet search such as “Memory Care communities near me” or “Alzheimer’s communities near me.” The result may show you what is — or is not — available in your area and allow you to start making a list of your options.

Questions You Should Ask

In addition to asking the traditional questions you should ask when touring an Assisted Living community, family members should ask how care is tailored to residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s residents.

Here are a few important topics to cover when visiting:

  • How is your personal care adapted to your residents living with dementia?
  • Is there specialized programming and activities?
  • How does the community encourage socialization?
  • How is balanced nutrition achieved?

Download Our Guide to Senior Housing

To better understand the different lifestyle options and which one is right for you or your loved one, check out our guide to senior housing.

The Complete Guide to Senior Housing