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The Benefits of Memory Care

Blog | February 15, 2018 | Reading Time 2:00 Minutes

What exactly is Memory Care?

Memory care is a specific type of long-term skilled nursing for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other memory problems. It typically falls under the “Assisted Living” umbrella. Memory care units, also called special care units (SCUs), usually provide 24-hour supervised care. This can be a separate wing, floor, or even building of a residential facility.

SCUs are designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s. Memory care SCUs may (or may not!) be locked, specially secured units. Memory care wards have unique designs, so navigation is easy, and residents don’t wander.

State regulations vary regarding services offered in senior care communities. But, memory care typically offers supervised care, medical monitoring, and help with daily activities such as dressing, chores, and bathing. Memory care staff are specially trained to assist people with impaired cognition. Additionally, memory care units often include structured activities and programs specially designed to nurture residents suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Memory Care at Heritage

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be very challenging for caregivers. That’s why Heritage Pointe of Huntington has a memory care unit dedicated to providing the highest care for your loved one. Our Memory Care unit allows for our residents to walk freely, as all main entryways are secure. And, our secured courtyard allows those the freedom to pursue their favorite activities outdoors! Residents can continue gardening, bird watching or just taking walks to get a breath of fresh air.

Residents live in a home-like environment and have structured activities facilitated by staff members trained specifically to care for those with memory impairments. Activities that promote positive cognitive support are a staple of our Memory Care unit at Heritage Pointe of Huntington. Our team works to develop a personalized plan of care to provide a daily routine to help promote familiarity and a sense of security for your loved one.

Interested in a personal tour of our memory care unit and facilities for you or a loved one? We’re happy to show you all that Heritage Pointe of Huntington has to offer. Please call, email or schedule your tour today.