One of the most difficult decisions for a family to make is when they have to place their loved one into memory care. There are many myths and misconceptions about what life in a memory care community will be like, and it can be tough to know which ones you should believe. You may have heard of some of the myths about memory care and have concerns about placing your loved one in the community. Below are a few misconceptions about memory care, as well as the actual truth of what families can expect from a memory care community like Salize, at Avanti Senior Living.

Memory Care Communities Are Just Like Nursing Homes:

Nursing homes and memory care communities might seem similar at first glance, but they’re very different in their approach to caring for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Memory care is designed specifically around meeting the needs of residents who have cognitive impairment such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease while nursing homes often house elderly patients without these conditions along with those who do have them.

A Place Like Memory Care Has to Be Hospitals:

Memory care communities are not hospitals. They’re designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. While your loved one might require more assistance than you can offer at home, it doesn’t mean they need to live in a hospital-like setting like skilled nursing locations.

My Loved One Will Remain Medicated:

The best care does not come from medications, but from the heart. Using a holistic approach without the need for mood-stabilizing drugs to reduce the unsettling behaviors and emotions of dementia has proved to be the most effective means for those living with dementia.

My Loved One is MY Responsibility. No One Can Do What I Can:

It is a natural instinct to want to care for our loved ones as they age. However, for those with dementia, the disease progresses to the point where it is not safe for them to live alone. This means that their wellbeing becomes dependent on those around them, especially family members or friends who are caring for them. Caregiver guilt and caregiver burnout are real and can easily take a toll on your own health and wellbeing. Let an assisted living
community, with a memory care program, like Salize, take the burden off your shoulders.

Nursing home and memory care communities might seem similar at first glance, but they’re very different in their approach to caring for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Memory Care Programs Are Depressing:

Do you associate “memory care” with a white, hospital-like setting? Not all programs are the same. Many programs provide the feeling of home and keep the surroundings cheerful and bright. You can find a program that fits your loved one’s needs, likes, and personality to help them thrive in their new environment. Natural light, activities, and relaxing surroundings help residents with dementia thrive!

Salize – The Way Memory Care Should Be

Avanti’s Memory Care program, Salize, is an innovative, state-of-the-art program that is based on years of research. Salize focuses on the needs of those living with dementia to ensure they live life to the fullest. The program is designed with high ceilings, natural light from windows and skylights, a variety of activities for residents to engage in throughout the day, as well as a comfortable living environment where everyone feels safe and secure. From personalized care plans to medication management, and most everything in-between, Salize helps empower residents. Salize residents thrive in an environment that’s conducive to their needs, all while having the freedom of choice.

Final Thoughts

Memory care communities are designed to promote a feeling of safety and security, making residents feel as comfortable as possible while offering a selection of activities that encourage socialization, whether it’s through cooking classes or exercise programs. Memory care also offers specialized staff who have been trained in the specific needs of those with dementia. And because memory care communities are designed to accommodate the changing needs of residents, families can rest assured that their loved ones will be treated with dignity and respect. For more information on memory care or just general questions about dementia, contact Avanti Senior Living. We’re here to help!