In Dickinson, there are plenty of options for assisted living. Although many assisted living care communities offer memory care, the two are not one in the same and require different accommodations. At Serenity Gardens, we specialize in memory care assisted living, which sets us apart. What does memory care mean, and why does that difference matter? Assisted living is simply the long-term care option that provides support services and healthcare as needed. Memory care is a distinct type of long-term skilled nursing care that is designed for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory loss disorders.

Assisted Living Facilities

As people age, they may need some extra help with everyday activities of daily living. For many, this is limited to mobility or increased healthcare needs that make it difficult to live on their own. Assisted living facilities or communities offer services that can be limited to help with housekeeping and driving, medication management, and help with toileting or personal hygiene. Depending on the facility, there may or may not be staff present at all times, or the kind of staff may be limited at night. Staff at assisted living communities do not necessarily have to be medically trained; some are companion care trained, while others are limited to learning how to assist with bathing or housekeeping.

Special Care Units

In special care units (SCU), the staff is specially trained in memory or dementia care. Memory care units are designed for patients who require a higher level of care related to their cognition and memory problems. Twenty-four-hour care is provided with patient safety at the core of care. In memory, care assisted living settings, rounds and patient checks are done much more frequently than at other facilities, and the freedom to come and go may be limited for safety. In addition to non-medical staff, memory care units always have medical personnel on duty. Typically, there is a much lower staff to resident ratio in these special care units.

Physical Differences

Many assisted living communities are reminiscent of college dorms, where residents live in apartment-style rooms and live as independently as they are capable of doing. They may require assistance with minor details of life but are not able to live independently. Typically, the communities have shared community rec rooms and dining facilities.

In a memory care assisted living facilities, hallways may be separated by locked doors to help prevent elopement due to confused wandering. Resident rooms are usually more like a comfortable hospital room and look less like an apartment. The bed may be close to the floor to prevent falls, and there are usually no kitchenettes, to prevent burns or fires.

If your loved one is suffering from cognitive deficits as a result of Alzheimer’s or dementia disease, a memory care assisted living facility will provide the quality care they need. At Serenity Gardens, we work hard to provide a safe, home-like environment for your loved one who struggles with memory loss. Our 16-room facility keeps our residents from being overwhelmed and allows for a family-like environment. Our staff is specially trained in memory care and specialize in Alzheimer and dementia care. Schedule a tour and visit our campus today