What is Memory Care?
Memory care communities are designed to meet the needs of individuals with memory impairment. For people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, memory care offers a secure environment that assists with the activities of daily life. While similar to assisted living communities, memory care neighborhoods provide around the clock care with added safety features and activities that are designed for engagement.
What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
Alzheimer’s and dementia are similar, but not the same disease. While most people use these terms interchangeably, it can cause confusion. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms revolving around impaired reasoning and memory. On the other hand, Alzheimer’s is a specific form of dementia and is the cause of 50-70% of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease and cannot be reversed, while dementia, in some cases, can be treated.
What Makes Oaks Senior Living’s Memory Care Different?
Each Oaks Senior Living community offers a specialized memory care neighborhood called Horizons, to support the needs of residents living with dementia or another memory impairment. Bright and comfortable common areas with a centralized shared space help minimize agitation and confusion, while the layout and straight hallways allow residents to locate their apartment with ease. Horizons is a secured neighborhood, yet the environment remains open and unrestrictive, giving residents freedom of movement and a sense of “home.”
Our Horizons team members receive specialized training on how to help those living with memory impairments while offering compassionate care. Through collaboration and tiered programming, our Horizons Lifestyle Directors and care partners ensure residents receive frequent socialization, stimulation, and independence, regardless of their level of cognitive functioning.