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How Do I Find the Best Memory Care Facility?

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Searching for the best memory care community for your loved one is a detail-oriented process that requires communication and understanding. Finding the right community for your loved one is essential to maintaining the quality of life they deserve.

Let’s look at what memory care is and how to find the best memory care community for your loved one, including some essential amenities and features. 

What Is Memory Care?

Memory care supports your loved ones with personalized and considerate care services. Your loved one’s needs are essential, and their memory care community will build a lifestyle around their specific needs. 

Aging can mean several things, and finding the right lifestyle for your loved one in their later years is crucial. Memory care is a lifestyle that helps your loved one adjust to living with cognitive challenges such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

Let’s explore some of these cognitive challenges to understand memory care better. 


Dementia is a group of symptoms severely affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities. Dementia is caused by damage to or loss of nerve cells and their connections to the brain. While dementia is associated with memory loss, it’s not the sole symptom. 

Some common cognitive signs and symptoms of dementia include:

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty communicating or finding words
  • Struggling with visual and spatial abilities
  • Having trouble with planning and organizing
  • Confusion and disorientation

Some psychological changes include:

  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations

People with dementia may struggle with daily activities such as dressing, cooking, and grooming. Ensuring they get the assistance they need and individualized care is a pillar of memory care.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia that causes the brain to shrink and brain cells to die. The early signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting recent events or conversations. This disease is a long-term, ongoing condition.  

Some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Memory loss affecting daily activities
  • Trouble with familiar tasks
  • Issues with speech and writing
  • Decreased personal hygiene
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Lack of appetite

Providing support for your loved one who’s dealing with Alzheimer’s can be difficult, and having a qualified team in your corner can make all the difference. 

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. The symptoms are gradual and sometimes only start with a barely noticeable tremor in your hand. 

Some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include: 

  • Tremors in your hands or fingers
  • Slowed movement
  • Rigid muscles
  • Impaired posture and balance
  • Speech changes
  • Writing changes

Memory care can help your loved one adjust to these conditions and achieve the quality of life they deserve in the comfort of an exciting new community

A senior man laughing with a female caregiver while he completed different memory care activities

Finding the Best Memory Care Fit

Finding the best memory care environment for your loved ones starts with seeking out a personalized approach that keeps their needs in mind. 

A supportive environment where safety, comfort, and happiness come first is vital. That environment should ideally offer:

  • A residential setting with private rooms
  • Fully furnished apartments
  • Engagement for positive cognitive support
  • Meaningful activities to stimulate brain function
  • Non-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce medication reliance

Your loved one deserves a dedicated and individualized care system—memory care focuses on them and their needs.

Along with a comfortable and customized environment, memory care offers various amenities to keep your loved one engaged and happy. 

Some of these amenities include

  • Professional and highly trained staff
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Wellness programming
  • Pet-friendly spaces
  • 24-hour security system
  • Medication management and assistance

Your loved one deserves the best, and keeping their quality of life in mind when searching for a memory care facility is crucial. 

Comfort is Key

Finding a memory care community your loved one can be comfortable with is important. Keeping their specific needs in mind can simplify the process, and the ideal memory care community will work with you to ensure your loved one’s comfort. Contact a professional today to learn more about memory care and if it’s suitable for your loved one.

Written by Ryan Donahue, Regional Vice President

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