Florida’s population continues to age and specialized facilities will be even more in demand with the increased elder population. The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that 720,000 Floridians will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by 2015. This is a 44% increase over what was estimated last year. As cases increase in the coming years, more assisted-living facilities in Florida will continue to find a niche in memory-care. Many companies like Brookdale have already found the niche in memory-care and have many memory-care facilities throughout Florida.
Memory-care is really just a subset of assisted-living, and is becoming more and more understood in the assisted living facilities, and many assisted-living facilities are trying to make their facilities more designed and functional for memory-care. Memory-care facilities are designed for the comfort of individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Brookdale assisted-living facilities offer separate and secure memory-care units, along with complete facilities for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory care are often provided in a secure assisted living or nursing home setting, usually in a separate floor or wing. Residents may live in semi-private apartments or private rooms and have structured activities delivered by staff members trained specifically on caring for those with memory impairment.
The level of care and assistance a person with Alzheimer’s/dementia changes as the disease progresses. An individual can start out needing a little assistance to complete total care with the progression of Alzheimer’s/dementia. Many families want to keep their loved ones home, and eventually their loved ones will require 24-hour supervised care in an safe and controlled environment. The memory-care facilities or Alzheimer’s/dementia living environments have secured areas to prevent an individual from wandering. Wandering is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s. Individuals with Alzheimer’s need care and help with medications, bathing, grooming, eating, dressing, and other activities of daily living. Memory care provides intensive, long-term medical care to seniors with serious health and dementia conditions in a fully-staffed and monitored facility.
Memory-care facilities requires a larger staff to resident ratio, along with additional training. The staff must be able to ensure the safety of all the residents, and this requires a higher cost than other communities. Memory-care offers 24-hour constant supervised care with meals, activities, safety, and health-care management for residents. The services offered in memory-care included comfortable private, or semi-private rooms, along with daily meals, housekeeping, laundry service, and medication management. Services in memory-care also include exercise and physical therapy programs. Memory-care units offer social programs including activities to help with agitation and keeping the residents calm and socializing. There is 24-hour staffing for personal assistance for individuals with Alzheimer’s/dementia to ensure daily hygiene and dressing.
The number-one concern the memory-care facilities have is the same concern that family have and it is physical safety. Individuals with Alzheimer’s/dementia, memory loss become confused, wander, and become agitated and even physically hostile very easily. These behavioral symptoms can create all type of situations, which can endanger their and others health and safety. Therefore, it is important to maintain safety for the residents and staff, but mostly the residents. Therefore, it is important to have the educated staff that can handle these behaviors, and are able to keep all residents safe. Looking for a memory-care/assisted living A Place for Mom is a good organization to contact for help with finding one.