Top 5 Misconceptions About Memory Care
Memory care is an important, but little-understood, segment
of senior living services. Memory care communities, like Heritage Place in
Bountiful, Utah, provide specially designed services for individuals living
with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Although public awareness of memory
disorders is slowly growing, there are still many misbeliefs about the
disorders and memory care services out there. It’s important for the public,
and especially those seeking memory care for an elderly family member, to
understand what memory care entails. Here are just five of the misconceptions
we’ve encountered about memory care.
Misconception #1: Residents in memory
care living communities can’t engage in activities.
All of our memory care residents participate in activities.
at Heritage Place are committed to engaging our seniors by learning about their
backgrounds and unique interests, and then designing a calendar of events that
suits their passions and needs. We strive to educate our residents about new
areas of interest, and to keep them actively interested in lifelong hobbies. Our
residents enjoy a variety of activities, some of their favorites being: drawing
and painting, building objects, singalongs, and baking. What’s more, we
understand that those with memory disorders have unique needs when it comes to
programming so we design activities that are both engaging and soothing for the
symptoms of their disorder, like making or listening to music.
Misconception #2: Memory care residents
can’t learn new skills or hobbies.
Active senior living communities like ours allow our memory
care residents the opportunity to learn about new interests and to gain the
skills necessary to participate in new hobbies. People mistakenly believe that
seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia are incapable of learning new things. At
Heritage Place we believe that our residents are lifelong learners, and we
strive to help them achieve personal growth.
Misconception #3: Seniors with dementia
can’t socialize or make new friends.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can make socializing
more difficult, but with the right opportunities, we believe that anyone can
find human connection and friendship. Active senior communities, like Heritage
Place, focus on the mind, body, and spirit – which means we are devoted to
helping our residents forge connections with staff members and each other.
Seniors living with dementia can often feel lonely and isolated by their
condition, but memory care living allows them to interact with people their age
who also might share their symptoms.
Misconception #4: Memory care for
seniors isn’t home-like /my loved one will be living in a hospital.
Many people wrongly assume that a memory
will be a
hospital-like setting for their relatives, or that their loved ones won’t be
comfortable or feel at home in memory care. At Heritage Place we strive to create
an atmosphere of warmth, safety, security, and engagement where they can also
get the help they need for their condition. Our Illuminations memory program
allows us to provide individualized, personal care for each resident, ensuring
that they are engaged and connected with their community. Our community is more
than a medical or senior care facility: it’s a home for your loved one.
Misconception #5: Memory care can’t
help my loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Memory care is often the best possible option to provide
seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia with the individualized care they need. Those
who reside in active senior living communities benefit greatly from memory care
practices, whether they read books, sing music, play board games, or exercise. Additionally,
having caregivers there at all times ensures that they have their basic needs,
like medication management, dressing, and bathing, attended to at all times.
At Heritage Place we have the flexibility to alter
activities to suit each individual’s cognitive needs and preferences, ensuring
that all of our residents benefit from our programs and offerings. Some
residents may feel timid or afraid upon moving to the community, but with the
help of our wonderful and caring staff, they soon feel at home, and actively
participate in the wide variety of events we offer.
If you’re interested in learning more about memory care at
Heritage Place, or would like to schedule a tour, please
today to discuss the best solutions for you and your loved one.
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