When planning for a spouse or an elder parent, how do you know if an assisted living community or a memory care community is more appropriate for your loved one’s needs?
Assisted living communities are designed for seniors who are able to live independently, but just need some assistance with their activities of daily living (ADL). Services like housekeeping, laundry, three meals a day, medication reminders and transportation options make their lives easier. Some residents may require extra assistance with mobility, eating and bathing which are available at an assisted living community.
A varied activities calendar is typically offered so that seniors can continue to live full and independent lives. They have the comradery of others like themselves to enjoy and may draw on these friendships for support. As we explain onThe Peninsula website, “assisted living is designed for those who need extra help in their day-to-day lives but who do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care.”
Memory support residences (MSR), like The Garden which is located on-site at The Peninsula, offer seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (a specific form of dementia) or other memory impairments, a safe and secure place to call home. Like assisted living, memory support offers assistance with ADLs, but typically the care needs of those experiencing memory impairment are more complex, requiring 24-hour supervision.
Memory care is a specialized form of skilled nursing, so staff members are specially trained to work with those with memory loss. The physical design of MSRs like The Garden is intentionally created so that the environment is easy for our residents to navigate. It is also typical for MSRs to have secured areas to prevent wandering, a common symptom of memory impairment. You can read more about The Garden here.
Our friendly staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding what would be most appropriate for you and your loved one: Call (954) 399-5997 today.