What is Memory Care?
Memory Care is designed to provide a safe, structured environment with set routines to lower stress for people with dementia.
Memory Care refers to specialized setting which offers stepped up services for people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
Units are designed for individuals who require a higher level of skilled care and supervision than what can be provided in their own homes. These units offer both private and shared living spaces.
People with dementia might need to make the move into a Memory Care Unit for a number of reason. Their needs might have increased as their dementia has progressed, or because of a crisis such as a hospital admission. It might be because the family or caregiver is no longer able to safely support the person at home.
Supervision is provided 24 hours a day by staff trained to care for specific needs and demands of dementia residents. Memory Care Units offer increased supervision, plus activities intended to stimulate memory, and possibly slow the disease’s progression.
Activities may involve music, arts and crafts, and games. Staff-to resident ratios are typically higher.
Activities are crucial for people living with Alzheimer disease or dementia, offering such benefits such as cognitive stimulation, the opportunity to connect with others, comfort and relaxation, and more. Plus, physical activities and exercises are important for maintaining physical strength and balance. Physical exercise is great for the mind too!
Secured Units, alarm devices and enclosed outdoor areas to keep people safe from wandering, are only part of the picture. Staff members are trained to understand the needs of residents with dementia, who can lose their ability to communicate in normal ways yet still respond to verbal cues and sensory stimulation.
Good Memory Care engages residents and gives them a space to be active, promotes their physical and emotional wellbeing and doesn’t overly rely on medication.
• Nursing Service
• Recreation Services
• Financial Services
• Nutrition and Food Services
• Housekeeping/laundry services
• Support Services
• Spiritual Care
• Pet Therapy
RECREATION AT THE MOUNT
At Mount Saint Joseph we recognize therapeutic recreation to be vital to the well being of our residents. Therapeutic Recreation is the role of leisure, recreation and play as integral components of quality of life. Therapeutic Recreation service is provided to individuals who have physical, mental, social or emotional limitations which impact their ability to engage in meaningful leisure experiences. Our services support the goal of assisting the individual to maximize independence in leisure, optimal health and the highest possible quality of life.
(Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association, 2017).