Having Alzheimer’s or other dementia doesn't change the need for someone to be loved, valued and treated with dignity. The hardest part can be the emotional toll of seeing someone you love face the daily challenges of the disease — challenges that include more than memory.
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias certainly do affect memory.
But the changes that occur as an individual progresses through dementia include everything from physical function to sensory perception and cognitive understanding of the world. Simple tasks like putting a new trash bag in a trash bin may become challenging as depth perception, mobility and memory change.
Even basic communication can become difficult, which often leads
to frustration and sometimes anger.
When you can no longer care for your loved one alone, a variety of memory care options can alleviate the stress of daily living for you and your loved one.
We have a library of information to help you care for yourself or a loved one
Different locations throughout the Good Samaritan Society provide different levels
of memory care. Those options can include:
Assisted living memory care consists of a specially designed environment that offers secure, comfortable living arrangements and opportunities for daily interaction with trained staff and other residents. In an assisted living memory care unit, residents are often higher functioning, and may be able to care for themselves in many ways. These locations often provide a private apartment, activities, and skilled staff who can help your loved one when assistance is needed.
Memory care in a skilled care setting also provides secure environments, often in a separate wing of the skilled care center. Residents may have shared or private rooms. Another layer of staff and resident interaction is provided here, as staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to care for your loved one and monitor their health.
Adult Day Services provides a safe place for your loved one to go when you need to take a break, run errands or are otherwise unable to provide close care. Trained staff members work with your loved one to provide stimulating activities and companionship while you are away for a few hours.
Our memory care options attend to the mind, body and spirit with love and compassion — helping your loved one with so much more than memory.