Do you have a family member or loved one with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or other memory loss and while it’s rewarding caring for them, you are feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility? At The Gables, we have an Idaho Memory Care Facility that provides a higher level of care and attention to ensure their safety and needs are met, while providing you with peace of mind that they have 24-hour care.
What is a Memory Care Facility?
Those with memory loss challenges not only have difficulty with memory, but also require assistance with seemingly simple cognitive tasks like thinking, making decisions, mealtime and personal care. Many Assisted Living facilities, like The Gables, have special Memory Care units for residents with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or other memory loss.
Memory Care facilities are specifically designed to ensure a safe, comfortable and structured environment to reduce stress for the residents. Carers of the units will provide meals, and help residents with eating if required, depending on their individual needs. Carers will also help residents with personal care tasks such as getting in and out of bed, dressing and showering, providing the same care as Assisted Living facilities. The difference is that the carers are trained to deal with the specific challenges and issues that may arise due to Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
Memory Care units also have a lower staff-to-resident ratio with round the clock supervised care as it’s common for those with memory loss to experience sundown syndrome meaning they can become agitated, disoriented and confused from the late afternoon and through the night. By providing extra support and alarmed doors and elevators that require a code, we can ensure that if a resident tends to wander, there is always a carer available to assist, and they will remain safe at all times.
In Assisted Living facilities, residents manage their own day and activities with staff and carers always available when needed. However, in Memory Care facilities, the staff monitor all of the resident’s activities throughout the day as these residents don’t have the same concept of time or ability to be responsible for their own care.
What Makes The Gables Memory Care Facilities Different
If you are considering a Memory Care facility for your loved one, like our Idaho Memory Care facility, it’s important to carefully research and assess the special precautions that are taken to ensure their care, safety and comfort. These are our recommendations on questions to ask and things to observe.
Building Layout and Environment
As mentioned, those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or other memory loss can sometimes experience confusion or feel disoriented, therefore the layout and environment of the Memory Care facility is extremely important.
Trained & Educated Caregivers
With the specific needs of residents with memory loss, we highly recommend finding out as much information as possible about the initial and on-going training and procedures that carers and other staff must complete for your peace of mind.
Basic Needs & Activities of Daily Life Assistance
Proper hygiene and activities to keep your loved one’s mind and body active are incredibly important for their overall health and wellbeing. If possible, visit a facility around mealtime and during activities for your observations.
Level of Care
It’s important to convey the level of care your loved one requires as some Memory Care facilities may not be able to provide the complex care required. Outside of their physical health, it’s also important to consider your loved one’s other needs.
If you resonate with this information, organizing the move to a Memory Care facility may be the best option for you and your family. Our Idaho Memory Care facilities in Shelley (serving the Idaho Falls area), Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Caldwell (Boise area) may be suitable. To learn more about The Gables, please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries, we’re more than happy to help and can also schedule a tour for you. Feel free to forward this blog post to anyone you think may benefit from the information and advice.