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What is Memory Care for Seniors?

Posted on 
December 2, 2022

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia can be stressful. Because memory care diseases tend to be progressive, the job of caregiving for a loved one grows harder with each week—taking a toll on your time, energy and well-being. At some point, you may determine your loved one needs the around-the-clock care or specialized treatment options available in a long-term care community.

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Month, FalconsLanding is sharing information about our memory care options. As a Life Plan Community, we offer a continuum of care so that our Independent Living residents have peace of mind knowing they will be taken care of should their health needs ever change. We also offer direct admissions to our Assisted Living, Memory Care,Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Skilled Nursing neighborhoods. We also offer Respite Stays. 

Hillside House is our Memory Care neighborhood atFalcons Landing. We designed it specifically to enhance the quality of life for residents through daily activities and the best of nursing care. Emergency support, cognitive stimulation, and our friendly, familiar team all come together to create a safe and structured environment for your loved one.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Hillside House and Memory Care at Falcons Landing.

What is memory care for seniors?

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)describes memory care as a form of residential long-term care that provides intensive, specialized care for people with memory issues. As we age, these problems with memory are usually the result of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

If you are a caregiver for a loved one withAlzheimer’s or dementia, you may be wondering when the right time is to consider long-term care. The Alzheimer’s Association offers this list of questions as a starting point:

  • Is the person with dementia becoming unsafe in their current home?
  • Is the health of the person with dementia or my health as a caregiver at risk?
  • Are the person's care needs beyond my physical abilities?
  • Am I becoming a stressed, irritable and impatient caregiver?
  • Am I neglecting work responsibilities, my family and myself?
  • Would the structure and social interaction at a care facility benefit the person with dementia?

If you find that you answer yes to the majority of these questions then it may be time to consider possible options for memory care. The Falcons Landing team is here to help guide you through this difficult time, so contact us any time if you would like to discuss your options.

What is memory care like?

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia include memory loss, poor judgment, and confusion with time and place. Because of these symptoms, residents of a memory care community need intensive time and attention from a highly trained team of caregivers. As such, memory care neighborhoods usually exist as stand-alone facilities, even if they are part ofa larger senior living community such as Falcons Landing.

Hillside House offers lovely apartments with modern finishes, loads of light from bay windows, and safety features such as handles in the shower, and emergency call buttons. To support residents with advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, our team is here for 24-hour supervision and helps structure the resident’s day so they receive social interaction, are able to participate in activities such as music or art, and receives three healthy meals a day plus snacks.

Rest assured, your loved one will be safe and have access to the necessary services and resources to enjoy a great quality of life.

What is included in memory care?

Memory care services vary by community, but at FalconsLanding, our Memory Care residents enjoy at an all-inclusive rate:

  • 24-hour care and supervision
  • Memory-enhancing activities
  • Medication management
  • Laundry
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Nutritious meals
  • Incontinence care and toileting
  • Housekeeping
  • Help with personal care
  • Mobility assistance
  • Various forms of therapy

What are the benefits of memory care?

Giving your loved one access to quality care and expert guidance can be one of the biggest gifts you give them—and yourself. Not only does this free you from the burdens of caregiving (so you can relax and simply enjoy spending time with your love done), but it also can improve the resident’s quality of life by offering more intensive care and social activities than individual caregivers can accomplish on their own.

The four biggest benefits of memory care for seniors are:

1) Greater opportunity for independence: You may not be able to monitor your loved ones as closely at home especially as they are prone to wandering. However, in a secure health care facility, they will have greater opportunities for movement and independence.

2) Engagement with a variety of activities: Facilities ensure that residents have ample activities to keep them engaged and promote memory health. They make the most of the time to enrich their mind, body and soul.

3) Personalized attention: Many caregivers are in the “sandwich generation,” caring for a parent while balancing the needs of their work and their own children. If you are stretched thin, it’s tough to offer the kind of personalized, around-the-clock care of a memory care facility.

4) Abundance of socialization:  It can be hard to make time for socialization when caring for a loved one and managing the other aspects of your life. At FalconsLanding, residents socialize with persons around their age and form meaningful connections that are often lost as we get older.

Why choose Falcons Landing for memory care?

At Falcons Landing, we’re happy to offer care atHillside House, our stand-alone Memory Care Assisted Living community.Residents will be surrounded by modern architectural touches in a safe environment.

Residency in Independent Living at Falcons Landing is exclusively for retired military officers, those honorably discharged with any length of service, senior-level Federal employees, spouses, and widowed spouses. However, at Hillside House, we welcome all members from the local community, no military or federal service is required.

Whether short-term or long-term, our dedicated staff on campus is here to provide you or a loved one with 24-hour care. This includes specialized care to manage the symptoms unique to Alzheimer’s and dementia along with assistance with everyday tasks and personal care.

We offer elegant facilities and a stay in one of our18 private and cozy rooms dedicated to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Each Hillside House studio apartment is beautifully furnished and complete with a bay window as well as a private bathroom and shower.

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At Falcons Landing, we’re here to provide the highest quality of long-term care for residents, giving you peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for. Our warm and friendly staff also help to make it a wonderful place to call home. To learn more about our community as well as your options for Memory Care at Hillside House, we encourage you to contact us for more information or if you’d like to arrange a tour of our campus.  

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