How Safe Are Memory Care Communities?
Looking for the right memory care community for someone you love can be overwhelming. Finding a community that will care for your relative or friend like you do and will honor their legacy can feel impossible. You want them to be comfortable, happy and – perhaps most importantly – safe.
At The Atrium at Boca Raton, safety involves both physical and mental security. You need a community that provides a safe, comfortable environment, so to help you find the one that’s right for you, we’ve created a quick list of things to look for as you research options in your area.
In general, memory care communities are some of the safest places for individuals with dementia. Through extensive research, experience and education on dementia, memory care communities are uniquely equipped to anticipate the challenges that people with dementia face, keeping them safe.
Here are nine ways memory care communities can offer increased safety and security for individuals with memory impairments, including forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
1. Memory Care Communities Provide a Calm Environment
Individuals with dementia can become agitated easily in environments that are too loud, confusing or don’t have a regular routine. A calm environment is necessary and beneficial for individuals with dementia, so find a space where community members feel comfortable and relaxed. Comfortable, brightly lit living spaces with personal touches can help residents feel at home.
2. Memory Care Offers Consistent, Round-the-Clock Support
Whether your relative needs a safe place because they wander, or simply someone to check in throughout the day, a memory care community should offer compassionate, round-the-clock attention. Highly trained support staff should be available to help community members deal with the unique effects of sundowning, for example. Additionally, they should provide assistance with daily living activities. No matter what the needs are, residents should have access to 24-hour health monitoring that ensures their safety and well-being.
3. Memory Care Provides Dependable, Healthy Meals
Kitchens can be a safety hazard for individuals with dementia. From slippery surfaces to sharp objects to hot stoves, there are many risks to someone with dementia. It’s also easy for individuals with dementia to forget to eat altogether. If they do eat, many eat fast, easy meals that lack proper nutrition and put their health at risk over time.
Memory care communities understand this and make it possible for residents to get delicious meals that comply with their specific dietary requirements without the need to cook themselves. All meals are prepared by a professional chef who understands each resident’s needs, such as restrictions based on medication. Each and every meal should be healthy, delicious and appropriate for your relative’s personal needs.
4. Memory Care Communities Have Emergency Response Systems
Even people not living with dementia can have accidents at home that put their health at risk. Individuals with dementia, who may have problems with speech or movement, are at even greater risk. To help keep residents safe, memory care communities have emergency response systems in both public and private areas. That means if your relative or friend falls in the shower, they have a way to quickly and easily reach help. The same is true if they fall in a common room.
Alert systems help keep community members safe at all times. Efficient communication—in addition to fast response times—can make all the difference in the event of a fall or a medical event. Trained staff should always be standing by ready to handle whatever challenges arise.
5. Memory Care Homes Employ Expert Staff
The staff at a memory care facility should be friendly, encouraging and supportive. Further, they should be specifically trained and equipped to compassionately handle any of the challenges that arise when providing dementia care. They are your eyes and ears when you are unable to be with your relative.
People with memory impairments can experience moments of confusion, frustration or even anger at times, and an expert staff will be highly prepared and equipped to handle these situations with calm compassion.
6. Memory Care Communities Offer Increased Security
The level of security needed in a memory care community is higher than other residences. It includes the typical 24-hour security you might find at a private home or apartment community, but also includes specific layouts and locked doors that keep residents out of dangerous areas.
While additional security is important to keep residents safe, it shouldn’t be obvious or uncomfortable. For instance, locked doors should protect residents and simplify navigation, but they shouldn’t make residents feel closed in. Instead, residents should be free to move about safe areas and feel comfortable in their new home. The layout of the community should be free of hazards and welcoming to those who live there and visit.
7. Memory Care Communities Help with Medication Management
One of the biggest concerns caregivers regularly express regarding individuals who need dementia care is that the correct medication is taken in the right dose at the appropriate time. Medication compliance is critical, especially for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, so medication management should be a priority. In a memory care community, residents should never be burdened with the need to remember what medication to take when. Instead, nurses and trained staff should take on the responsibility, ensuring residents’ health isn’t put at risk by taking the wrong medication or the wrong dose.
8. Memory Care Provides Personalized Activities and Programs
A safe and engaging memory care community will provide programs and activities that create mental stimulation and preserve cognition through creativity and connection with positive memories. Activities that are specifically tailored for people receiving Alzheimer’s care or other dementia care are enjoyable, helpful and safe. They’ll provide joy, helping residents live stronger, happier lives.
9. Memory Care Communities Prioritize Safe Home and Apartment Features
When it comes to memory care, all kinds of challenges and obstacles exist – many of which don’t pose an obvious threat until someone we care for is hurt. Appliances, rugs, stairs, changes in elevation or even small bathrooms can create hazards for someone with dementia. Memory care communities are designed with these potential dangers in mind and are a step ahead, minimizing potential risks before they create a problem. With years of experience, the right memory care community knows what to look for and how to avoid unnecessary accidents or mishaps in order to keep residents as safe as possible.
Find a Supportive Dementia Care Community for Your Relative or Friend
We know safety is important to you. If you are looking for the right Florida Alzheimer’s care for someone in your life, we’d love to talk to you. Our Boca Raton memory care community is like no other in Florida. Our staff is trained on how best to support those with memory impairments, including dementia such as Alzheimer’s. Our signature programs are specially designed to emphasize every resident’s strengths and help create a lifestyle that brings joy and gives you peace of mind.
Let us know how we can help you and help empower your relative or friend to live to the fullest. For more information, contact us online or call 561-750-7555 to speak with a specialist.