While many seniors and their families struggle with the decision of keeping their loved one with memory loss at home or whether or not to move them to a memory care community, the choice boils down to preference. Some seniors prefer to live at home where it’s clear that they may need more specialized assistance. Because each location has their own range of benefits, it’s important to weigh out which option will be the best overall for your loved one in their particular journey through memory loss.
According to Tammy Cahill, Sales & Marketing Manager, at CountryHouse, a memory care community in Granite Bay, CA, there is rarely a typical day in the life of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. “Because seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia face different challenges, symptoms and experiences each day, it can be helpful for them to have a routine and to establish a sense of normalcy,” says Tammy. “What that normalcy looks like is different for everyone, but it’s especially different depending on where a senior is living.”
Memory Care Routines: Does Where You Live Make a Difference?
In order to help you find the best fit for your loved one with memory loss, we’ve broken down the differences in routines based on time of day and environment. When weighing your options, be sure to keep an open mind and consider your loved one’s preferences.
Upon waking up in a memory care community, seniors with memory loss face a day of possibilities. Perhaps they will go for breakfast with friends, where food will be prepared for them and will meet their dietary needs and preferences. Afterwards, maybe they will take part in the memory care community’s range of programs, from classes and programs on-site to bus trips to museums and other local attractions.
When a senior with memory loss lives at home, mornings can be spent helping to prepare breakfast and set the table. After eating breakfast and getting ready for the day, seniors with memory loss may exercise or go for a walk. If their caregiver chooses, they may also go on outings or travel to a memory care community that provides programs.
At memory care communities, seniors with memory loss can continue to spend their afternoons as they please. They may choose to continue to engage in meaningful programming, such as art courses, music therapy or group exercises classes. Seniors with memory loss may also choose to relax in the spa or salon, where they can get their hair done or enjoy a manicure or pedicure. Some memory care communities even provide massage services. After eating a healthy and nutritious lunch, they may go for a walk, friends and family may visit or seniors may choose to play games with friends in the game room.
The routine at home can be much like the morning. Seniors may take in some of the benefits of the sunshine and go for walks, partake in yoga or another exercise class at a local fitness or senior center, or even a nearby memory care community. They may also continue their familiar routine of watching the afternoon news or television programs. Family may come to visit or they may go do some shopping with a caregiver.
As evening approaches at a memory care community, seniors may be enjoying a nice relaxing dinner or a walk in a secure courtyard with friends to wind down from the day. Because of all of the engaging programming, loved ones may have an easier time going to sleep because of being so active and engaged all day long. If sundowning does set in, staff members are well-equipped to make sure your loved one is comfortable, soothed and safe.
Seniors who are living at home may be enjoying a dinner with their loved ones. Afterward, they may help to clean up and then listen to some calm music to settle themselves for bed. For those with memory loss who live at home, sundowning may be a little more difficult. While memory care communities are well-equipped to handle this, those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia may not be. In order to make their loved one more comfortable, caregivers may be up late comforting their loved one and making sure their basic needs are met.
What Makes Memory Care Communities Stand Apart From The Crowd?
“While remaining at home can be comforting for a loved one with memory loss, memory care communities are specially designed to cater to the ever-changing needs of those with memory loss,” says Tammy. “Memory care communities are purposely built to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents and programming is tailored specifically to their interests and needs. Often, this gives loved ones a peace of mind that they never had when their loved one lived at home.”
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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, 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, 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.