What Is Memory Care?

No one plans to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia.

It’s not something people purposefully work into their retirement future. Often, a diagnosis simply hits us like a lightning bolt on a clear day, even though we may have had a gnawing suspicion of what it could be for some time. As humans, we want to feel as if we can face any challenge. Yet once we get the official confirmation, we’re faced with an overwhelming sense of helplessness.

But family, friends and those who have been recently diagnosed aren’t helpless in the face of this disease. There are remarkable memory care services available to them, offering specialized care that can make a positive difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s. The assisted living memory care environment at Artis Senior Living is just one example.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. It accounts for 60 to 80% of dementia cases. It worsens over time, and there is no cure. It’s estimated that 6.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today, a figure expected to double by 2050.

Especially at the moderate and late stages, it becomes apparent why memory care is so vital for both the person with Alzheimer’s, and for those who love and care for them.

Memory care is specifically designed to offer a safe and structured setting, with services and amenities provided, including meals, laundry and housekeeping, and medication management,when residents are unable to manage these tasks of daily living on their own.

Residents with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can receive 24-hour care and attention from highly trained staff members who also deliver memory-enhancing therapies, encourage residents to engage with others and provide personal assistance. Often the focus of a memory care facility is on providing a good quality of life and keeping the resident safe and secure.

Families know their loved one is living in an environment designed for their disease, is receiving specialized care and is being cared for by staff trained to meet each resident’s unique needs and priorities.

At Artis Senior Living, we focus on the person, not the disease. This unique focus is why we design and build each assisted living memory care community from the ground up: to give residents freedom of movement inside and outside our building, and ensure they enjoy a better quality of life.

Each Artis assisted living memory care community is created around a model that features many small neighborhoods within a larger community. All neighborhoods connect to the Town Center, a central core area that offers amenities like a health center, combined beauty salon and barber shop and a studio for community gatherings.

Residents are free to safely stroll between households and open spaces; the building design itself offers visual cues to help residents find their way around more independently. During meal times, residents are served tableside to stimulate their senses of sight and smell, and allow them to make personal choices based on their preferences.

Residents can feel the difference at an Artis Senior Living community. Family members can, too. That difference is known as The Artis Way, an acronym that means:

If someone you love needs assisted living memory care, we encourage you to take a closer look at an Artis Senior Living community. We have 25 communities located in 9 states, so chances are good there’s one close to you or someone you love.