Age-related memory loss can be devastating, which is why it’s crucial to know all the facts when choosing the best memory care options for your loved ones.

What is Memory Care?

Memory care is a specialized form of senior living designed to meet the unique needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory-related conditions.

Services that fall under memory care can include physical activities and exercise, cognitive games and therapies, appropriate diet and nutrition, and thoughtful security like alarmed doors and enclosed outdoor spaces.

When to Choose Memory Care

It can be hard to know when your loved one’s condition has progressed to needing memory care. You should always consult with a qualified medical practitioner on your loved one’s specific symptoms and needs.

That being said, here are some guidelines that can indicate it’s time to get help:

  1. Increasing Memory Challenges

    If your loved one is experiencing an escalation in memory challenges, confusion, or disorientation, it may be time to consider memory care.

  2. Safety Concerns

    Safety is a priority. If your loved one is prone to wandering or is in danger of self-neglect, obtaining memory care becomes critical. When safety is an issue, the secure environment of a memory care facility brings peace of mind.

  3. Caregiver Burnout

    If family caregivers are experiencing burnout or find it challenging to provide the level of care required, transitioning to memory care can ensure the well-being of both the individual and the caregivers.

  4. Enhanced Quality of Life

    The right memory care support also can enhance the quality of life for your loved one. We see this often at Crest View Adult Family Home. If your loved one could benefit from a structured and supportive environment focused on their unique needs, a residential adult family home can be a suitable choice for memory care.

What are the Best Memory Care Options?

Your best option for memory care for your loved one depends on the level of care they need, their preferences, and the services provided by the care provider. Here are some to consider:

  • Adult Family Homes

    Adult family homes like Crest View — with Certified Nursing Assistants and other staff who have received specialty training in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia — can be an excellent memory care option. This is a good choice for people who need minimal assistance and a secure environment but don’t need to be physically restrained for their safety.

  • Standalone Memory Care Communities

    There are communities exclusively focused on memory care. These communities, sometimes referred to as Alzheimer’s care or dementia care communities, are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with memory challenges.

  • Skilled Nursing Facilities with Memory Care Units

    Some skilled nursing facilities have dedicated memory care units that provide 24/7 nursing care for individuals with advanced memory-related conditions. These units often offer a higher level of medical supervision.

  • In-Home Memory Care Services

    In-home memory care services bring specialized care to the individual’s residence. Trained caregivers provide assistance with daily activities, engage in cognitive exercises, and ensure a safe environment for those who prefer to age in place.

  • Day Programs for Memory Care

    Adult day programs specifically tailored for individuals with memory challenges offer a structured and supervised environment during daytime hours. These programs provide socialization and activities while allowing family caregivers respite.

Visit In Person When Choosing the Best Memory Care Options for Your Loved Ones

At Crest View Adult Family Home, we recognize the importance of creating a supportive and enriching environment for residents facing memory challenges.

We encourage you to visit any facility you are considering as an option for your loved one, including ours! Come by and see for yourself the warm and nurturing environment we’ve created for our residents.

Click here to contact us and arrange a personalized tour or simply stop by — between 10am and 4pm is best, in order to not interrupt care or meals. Coffee’s always on!