Is it time to consider a memory care community for your loved one with memory loss? If so, you may be overwhelmed by the range of options available, or you may even be reluctant to move your loved one to memory care in the first place. Whether this is because of things others have said about memory care or because of your own perceptions, it’s important to know what is plausible and what is a myth in order to choose the best community for your loved one.
According to Cydney Hansen, Marketing Director at CountryHouse, a memory care community in Granite Bay, CA, it’s easy for myths about memory care to spread. “Consider those around you and if they have experience in choosing a memory care community or if they once knew someone who lived in one,” says Cydney Hansen. “Whether they have had a positive experience or a negative one can highly impact what they tell you about their search and can lead to a fair number of myths if you aren’t sure what to believe. Keep an open mind and take what they say with a grain of salt. Instead, focus on the opinions of your loved one’s doctor or memory care professionals. In order to get another view, try touring them yourself, as this can give you an idea of what memory care communities offer.”
True or false: uncovering the top 10 memory care myths
Because it can be difficult to decipher myths from reality, we’ve compiled a few of the top myths we encounter. Consider the following when searching for a memory care community for your loved one.
- Memory care communities are like what you see on television. Many programs on television don’t paint any form of senior living in a positive light. Unfortunately, this can make seniors and their families believe that senior living, whether independent, assisted or memory care, is a boring, depressing place to be, which is a myth. Residents don’t just sit around in memory care communities. They have an engaging and purposeful lifestyle all while receiving a high level of care.
- All memory care communities are the same. This is one of the biggest myths out there. Memory care communities can have a range of different care options, from basic memory care to more advanced. In fact, they may also have different costs based on levels of care and different approaches to care. If all memory care communities were the same, it wouldn’t be so important to tour them to see if they have the services, amenities and offerings you desire.
- A community someone you knew moved to will be perfect. Unfortunately, too many people believe memory care communities are one-size-fits-all when, in reality, they fit people’s desires in very different ways. Some seniors want an active lifestyle while receiving dedicated care, but some are more focused on the maintenance-free lifestyle. It’s important to know what your loved one prefers and what they would like in a memory care community, so when you tour, the best option is chosen.
- The programming and activities available are generic. Also a very prominent myth, the programming that is offered is not the same as everywhere else. Some memory care communities offer a wide range of programming within their community, but some go above and beyond to make it possible for outings, trips and excursions. During a tour, ask to see an activities calendar or join them on an outing to experience it for yourself and get your loved one acquainted.
- A move to memory care leads to loss of independence. Though many people know this is a myth, memory care actually helps to ensure your loved one remains as independent as possible. Many communities have the policy of only stepping in to help when asked or if help is truly needed. Some have enclosed courtyards for safe wandering and engaging programming that allows for outings and exploration, even in spite of dementia.
- Your loved one’s health will decline. This myth can be debunked simply by noticing all the health and wellness programs that memory care communities offer. There are many different ways that seniors can maintain a good health routine, either by exercise and fitness or by eating the healthy and nutritious meals that memory care communities provide. In fact, even a more active lifestyle can help to ward off depression, helping them remain happier, healthier and more positive.
- The care provided is impersonal. Depending on the memory care community you choose, this may be true. When searching for a memory care community, it’s important to find one that provides a person-centered approach to care. These allow for your loved one’s memory care team to get to know them on a personal level while enhancing the care they receive.
- Your loved one can no longer enjoy their hobbies. Memory care communities actually make it easier for seniors to continue enjoying their favorite pastimes and hobbies. In fact, they might even find a new one. Thanks to the range of programming available, your loved one may find that they love to paint or they may get back in touch with the piece of them that loved to paint before. If they used to love playing games, but never had the time to, it’s even possible they may enjoy the free time to do so now.
- There is no privacy. While there may be a wide array of programs and activities offered in memory care communities that can make for a lot of commotion, there are still opportunities for privacy and time alone. Seniors can choose whether or not to participate in activities on any given day, and if there’s a day they’d prefer to be alone, they can do so. Whether that time is spent in their room, getting cozy in the library, taking walks in the courtyard or enjoying a relaxing spa day, there are plenty of ways for seniors to spend time by themselves.
- Memory care communities just aren’t affordable. This myth comes right down to choosing a memory care community that meets your needs, that gives the care your loved one deserves and that you can pay for. If you search for a community that is going to be more expensive than you’d like, it’s likely going to end in heartache. Ask to talk to a financial counselor during your tour so you can determine the cost and ways to afford it.
For more information about memory care communities, or to ask about things you commonly hear and need help distinguishing if it’s a myth, call CountryHouse at Granite Bay. Their expert team can help you make the best choice in memory care communities by debunking the myths and uncovering the facts. Call today at 916•850•2774.
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CountryHouse at Granite Bay is the very first CountryHouse location in California. With a desirable location among Folsom Lake and the Sierra foothills, and only 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, Granite Bay was the perfect area to place our upscale memory care community. While CountryHouse at Granite Bay may be brand new to California, we are certainly not new to the needs of seniors. And just like every CountryHouse around the United States, we know that personalized care can make all the difference when it comes to quality care and peace of mind.
At CountryHouse at Granite Bay, we provide personalized memory care in an environment that is beautiful and thoughtfully designed. Full of natural light, warmth and tasteful elegance, we want residents and their families to feel welcome and at home. In fact, our staff members are even hand-picked based on their natural empathy. Our staff learns each resident’s story, from their likes and dislikes to their values and their pasts, in order to customize care and make meaningful connections that provide residents with true moments of joy and the desire to make the most of each day.
With our LifeCycles wellness programming, we encourage residents to connect, engage and enjoy every day. Our LifeCycles programming is designed to focus on the four dimensions of wellness: physical, social, spiritual and intellectual. We achieve this through a range of daily activities and routines, which can include daily bus rides, cookouts, trips and other special events. At CountryHouse at Granite Bay, we strive to make sure our residents make the most of each day, and we believe that when you treat people like family, and keep that at the heart of what you do, residents, their families and their health thrive. Contact us to learn more!
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CountryHouse is part of the Agemark family of senior living communities.