Senior Memory Care

MEMORY CARE is the most appropriate choice for individuals who…

• have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
• are cognitively impaired to the point where they no longer are able to care for themselves, or their safety and well-being is being compromised.

For those with cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, memory care communities offer a secure and safe setting staffed by specially-trained professionals who provide supervised care to residents and guide them through activities suited to their specific needs.

The physical surroundings of memory care communities, including the corridors and outdoor walkways, are designed to prevent wandering and to make navigation easier so residents avoid feeling lost or confused. Since dementia is a progressive disease, the ability to adapt to the individual’s changing cognitive skills is a key attribute of a memory care unit.

“It’s important not to underestimate the abilities of each resident, regardless of
the stage of their disease,” says Kim Butrum, MS, RN, GNP, senior vice president of clinical services at Silverado, which offers memory care communities in six states as well as at-home and hospice care. “For those in later stages of the disease, our caregivers often find new ways to engage and communicate.”

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