When considering Memory Care and Assisted Living, it can be difficult to know which choice is best for your loved one. Begin by asking yourself why you are looking into care options in the first place. What is happening with you or your family member? The answer should guide you in making the right decision that suits your needs perfectly; consider a privately owned and operated, boutique style assisted living instead of a large corporate chain whenever possible
What is Memory Care?
Memory care facilities come in two forms: they can exist as a part of a larger assisted living community or as smaller, specialized units. Facilities specifically licensed to treat memory disorders typically stay small and secure so that care can be managed more effectivel. Also, caregivers are specially trained to redirect residents who may wander in to the living areas of others or who may be exit seeking- attempting to leave the secure premises. Although seemingly harmless, this situation can create an uneasy atmosphere for individuals living in the same area. Memory care facilities offer more tailored assistance and surveillance to ensure a comfortable lifestyle for their residents.
When a facility has a proficient team that offers extensive personalized care and can recognize the triggers of disruptive behaviors and redirect an agitated resident, your loved one will benefit and feel a sense of peace and calm. The team knows how to effectively manage behaviors such as verbal agitation, wandering, “shopping” or attempting to leave the premises- all in an effortful yet gentle manner. The team works to identify triggers to reduce probability of future occurrences. With an ideal environment for your loved one’s needs, their quality of life is sure to improve.
Finding the Right Fit
Not all memory care communities deal with all dementia related behaviors. Each facility is setup to handle specific thresholds of behavior, so memory care comes in a variety of flavors. Briarcliffe Specializes in Memory Care and has one of the most advanced comprehensive and intensive dementia care assisted living programs in New England. Our campus features two unique Memory Care Assisted Living Residences where we help people with memory issues live their best and most vibrant lives. Briarcliffe Gardens and the Cottage Residence at Briarcliffe Gardens look and feel like two beautifully appointed homes and they are, but they are also so much more. A tour is the best way to understand all that is available to you and your family in one of Briarcliffe’s two memory care assisted living settings.