Memory Care affects more than individuals. It affects families.
Memory Care Services for Alzheimer's and Age-related Dementia
Memory care at an Ascension Living community is specially designed to provide a secure, comforting and supportive environment for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Some of our communities are dedicated only to those who need memory care, while other communities have memory care neighborhoods within their long-term care units. Our caregivers have advanced training that enables them to respond appropriately to residents’ unique physical, emotional, social and sensory needs.
We subscribe to a philosophy of personalized care, which emphasizes each person’s quality of life, dignity and comfort. It also promotes a continuity of care among team members a resident sees each day, which helps foster an environment of trust and familiarity. Residents are in control of their days, choosing which services they want and when they wish for them to be delivered. And we encourage families to participate in our approach to their loved one’s care.
Our memory care communities vary in the specific services and amenities they offer, but there are several you can expect to find in all of them.
• Nursing staff on duty 24/7
• Personalized care plans
• Medication monitoring
• Laundry and housekeeping
• Scheduled transportation
• Family-style dining of three delicious, nutritious meals daily, plus snacks
• 24/7 emergency alert system
• Private rooms
• Life enrichment activities
How is memory care different from assisted living?
Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, affects more than just one person. Our communities work with individuals, family members and caregivers, searching for the right balance of respect and care. Our thoughtful layout and design reduces confusion and provides complete security around the clock. With special programs designed for those with memory loss, we enable pleasant and peaceful days.
What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?
Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas, leading to loss of recent memories and new learning first, and eventually old memories, too.