For many people, moving into a memory care community is like taking a step into the unknown. In fact, it is generally a new phase of life for the entire family. As such, there can be a lot of misconceptions and myths that surround the care that is provided within the memory care community.
Here at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf, we believe that it is important to make an informed choice before deciding. This is why we have compiled a list of the common questions that we have received as well as the truth behind these myths about memory care.
You Will Lose Your Independence in Memory Care
Not only with memory care but across different senior living options, there is a misconception that residents in the community will lose their independence and autonomy over their daily routine. However, this is definitely not true. In fact, the aim of memory care is to help individuals better manage and cope with the symptoms of dementia to live with more dignity and independence.
As a testament to that, complimentary transportation services are provided at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf to ensure that residents are able to go wherever they want with the safety and convenience of chauffeured rides.
Memory Care Communities Are Cold and Impersonal
Memory care has been depicted in media like movies as being cold and gloomy facilities that can even appear overly clinical. However, this is definitely not true. When it comes to memory care, creating a home-like atmosphere is one of the top priorities to ensure that residents feel comfortable. On top of this, there is a diverse range of engaging activities each day to cater to the unique needs of each individual round-the-clock.
My Loved One Will Receive the Best Care at Home
We fully understand that no community will be able to replace the unconditional care and love of family. However, caregiver stress and burnout are also common phenomena. This is especially so when the symptoms of dementia or other health conditions have progressed to a later stage, beyond what an individual without medical training can cope with. In the long term, it is generally not sustainable to put such a large amount of pressure on caregivers to put their lives and welfare on the back burner to provide care for their loved one.
At a memory care community, there are on-site trained nurses, nurse assistants, and team members who have all gone through consistent education and training to provide the best standard of care. On top of that, by having a full roster of dedicated team members, you can be sure that your loved ones will have the support they need regardless of what time or day it is.
Memory Care Is Generic
Here at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf, our SHINE® Memory Care Program strongly believes in personalized care for each resident. This means making hand-made resources that are unique to the individual as well as one-to-one activities, and support throughout the day.
For more information on our memory care program or to answer any other questions you may have, contact us today.