Plan For The Future In Chattanooga Assisted Living And Memory Care

Plan For The Future In Chattanooga Assisted Living And Memory Care

National Nurses Week: May 6-11

Dominion of Hixson | Senior man sitting looking at photo album with care nurse

Within the senior living industry, and most assuredly at Dominion Senior Living, nurses serve as the backbone of care, offering not just medical expertise but also emotional support and companionship to residents. From administering medications to assisting with daily activities, they ensure that seniors receive the attention and assistance they need to thrive in their later years. Beyond their clinical duties, these nurses forge deep connections with residents, becoming trusted confidants and advocates for their well-being. Whether it’s lending a listening ear or providing a comforting presence, they go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

This year, in honor of Nurse Appreciation Week, Dominion Senior Living has asked several of our dedicated nurses why they do what they do. This is what they said:

Mary Layne, who has worked for Dominion for over three years, loves working with seniors because she was primarily raised by her grandmother. She states, “I feel like by working with seniors I’m giving back to her in some way.”

Brittany Harris, who has worked for Dominion for nearly a year, enjoys working with seniors for their company, conversation, wisdom, honesty and their love for others. She claims, “I love helping others, and always thought I would be a doctor, but once I started caring for seniors, I knew nursing was for me.”

Megan Roberts, who has worked for Dominion for over six years, loves learning the resident’s histories, serving them with the best possible care and being their protectors. She chose to become a nurse because she has always been nurturing and caring towards others, and she felt nurse was a good fit.

Sheila Young, who has worked for Dominion for just three months, can’t get enough of the stories her residents have of their achievements, dreams and families. She chose nursing because she “wanted to provide care for others when they needed it most, when they are unable to care for themselves.”

Jessica Reece, who has worked for Dominion for nearly six years, grew up helping to take care of her grandmother after she had a stroke, which she credits to playing a large part in her decision to become a nurse. She feels like it is an honor to be trusted to take care of someone’s parent.

At Dominion Senior Living, nurses make a significant difference in the lives of seniors by providing not only essential medical care but also companionship, empathy, and emotional support. Through their dedication and compassion, nurses enhance the quality of life for seniors, fostering a sense of security, dignity, and connection in their later years. As we reflect on their invaluable role, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to these extraordinary individuals who continue to make a profound difference in the lives of our residents and their families each and every day.

To all of the Dominion nurses who work round-the-clock to love and care for our residents, thank you!

It’s no secret that our aging population is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2030, it’s estimated that one in five Americans will be over 65.

Dominion of Hixson | Senior man sitting looking at photo album with care nurse
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As our population ages, we’re seeing a corresponding increase in age-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s estimated that by 2050, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will more than double.

With this increase comes a need for specialized care. A senior living community offering multiple care levels can be ideal.

At communities like Dominion Senior Living of Hixson, seniors can age in place with the knowledge that they’ll receive a high level of care as needs change. We provide an elevated experience for older adults in Chattanooga who can benefit from assisted living and memory care.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes a memory care community ideal for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

What Is Memory Care?

First, let’s define what we mean by “memory care.” Memory care is a type of long-term care that supports seniors with cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Memory care facilities are designed to meet the unique needs of these seniors, which go beyond those of traditional nursing homes or skilled nursing centers.

Seniors in memory care have access to round-the-clock care and supervision. They also benefit from structured activities and programming designed specifically for those with cognitive impairments. Purposeful engagement can help slow progression and improve quality of life.

Memory care facilities often have specialized features like secure indoor and outdoor spaces to prevent residents from wandering.

Specialized senior living communities help family members. Alzheimer’s Tennessee says that over 120,000 people live with the most common form of dementia in the Volunteer State. Family members are often the ones providing care and supervision.

Memory care can help relieve that weight.

Why Is Memory Care Ideal for Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia?

There are several reasons why a memory care community can be an ideal setting for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

1. Round-the-clock care and supervision are critical.

Seniors will need more help with activities of daily living as dementia progresses. They may need more help with tasks such as:

  • Managing medications
  • Bathing and getting dressed
  • Eating and drinking
  • Getting to medical appointments
  • Socializing

2. Memory care facilities offer structure and routines.

For many seniors with dementia, having structure can help to minimize anxiety and confusion. Knowing what to expect each day can help to provide a sense of calm and stability.

3. Memory care communities offer specially designed programming.

Senior living communities are all about socialization. Memory care goes further to design purposeful activities for residents with cognitive impairments. These activities are designed to stimulate the mind and help slow memory loss. They may include art therapy, music therapy, gardening, or group outings.

Reach out to support groups offered by Alzheimer’s Tennessee to learn more about the experience of others who chose specialized care.

Assisted Living and Memory Care at Dominion of Hixson

Dominion of Hixson provides Chattanooga seniors with assisted living and memory care. Short-term respite care is also available.

Older adults can age in place in our senior living community. There is no hassle to move as needs change over time.

For example, a senior may start in an independent living community and then proceed to an assisted living community when they need more help with activities of daily living. Or, a senior may move into a memory care community if they develop Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Regardless of the changes that occur over time, seniors can rest assured knowing they’ll be able to stay at Dominion of Hixson and receive the care they need.

The benefits of Dominion of Hixson:

  • Assisted living and memory care
  • Physical, social, and spiritual care
  • Individualized care plans
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Modern living spaces
  • Medication assistance
  • Activities of daily living assistance
  • Transportation and housekeeping
  • Chef-prepared meals
  • On-site worship services
  • Engaging activities daily


Discover Senior Care in Chattanooga: Assisted Living And Memory Care at Dominion of Hixson

As our population ages, there will be an increased need for specialized long-term care. Discover how to increase the quality of a senior’s life today at Dominion of Hixson. Contact us to arrange a tour.

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