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Top Benefits of Memory Care for Aging Adults

Senior woman sharing memories with caregiver

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of dementia, as the condition progresses, you might find their needs exceed the care you can provide. As a caregiver, you might consider exploring memory care, a form of residential long-term care uniquely designed to provide specialized support and care for individuals living with memory loss or impairment.

Memory care can be found both at stand-alone facilities and as part of specialized neighborhoods within full-service senior living communities. Memory care differs from other types of senior care, such as assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, as it provides:

  • A dementia-specific trained staff
  • Memory-enhancing therapies and services
  • A highly secure environment

When exploring options for memory care communities, it’s important to start considering the benefits of memory care and how senior living communities tailor their care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. 

Below are just a few of the most notable benefits of memory care that can help improve the quality of life for your loved one and provide you with the peace of mind you need to make this major decision: 

  1. Safety and support – When situated within full-service senior living communities, memory care neighborhoods provide 24/7 safety and security for your loved one. Memory care residents benefit from secure entrances, multiple daily check-ins, enclosed patios and access to staff members whenever they need it. 
  2. Life-enriching activities – Memory care communities offer specialized programming and services to keep your loved one engaged, stimulated and challenged. Instead of focusing on what’s been lost due to dementia, they provide activities and therapies that focus on what remains. Examples include baking, gardening, massage, music therapy and more. 
  3. Services provided by licensed caregivers – Another benefit of memory care is that all services are provided by licensed caregivers and nurses on-site. Memory care neighborhoods also offer professional affiliations for outside health care services and specialists based on your loved one’s needs.
  4. Socialization – Socialization is especially important for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Memory care offers planned activities, homelike accommodations, and communal areas to help residents interact, create meaningful connections and feel fulfilled. 
  5. Personalized approach to care – Memory care neighborhoods in full-service communities are staffed with highly trained individuals who understand memory loss and its challenges. Care plans and resources within a memory care neighborhood can be designed to fit the exact needs of your loved one and can be adjusted as their needs change over time. 

As a caregiver, you’ve been shouldering the responsibilities of caring for your loved one for a long time. Memory care allows you to step back into the role of a family member while leaving the stress of caregiving to qualified staff. Rather than focusing on providing 24/7 care, you can benefit from quality time with your loved one by reading books, listening to music and making new memories. 

Explore the Benefits of Parkwood Senior Living Community

Parkwood Senior Living offers memory care services for you or your loved ones seeking Alzheimer’s and dementia care the respect, dignity and quality of life they deserve. And you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one will receive 24/7 quality memory care in our memory care facility.

Memory care at Parkwood goes the extra mile, as we are an Alzheimer’s memory care community for assisted living and skilled nursing residents. Learn more about our unique and specialized programming to support memory loss, and schedule a tour of our senior living community.