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.
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
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
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.