When Smaller Is Better: The Benefits of Assisted Living Memory Care Studio Apartments

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When Smaller Is Better: The Benefits of Assisted Living Memory Care Studio Apartments

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Studio apartments are often an excellent option for those who are looking for memory care services at their assisted living community. While these accommodations may be smaller, they’re also easy to navigate and provide convenient access to almost everything in one room. Having a studio apartment in a premier retirement community can actually provide residents — especially those with memory loss — with a higher quality of life.  

If your senior loved one needs assisted living memory care services, consider looking for a studio apartment. Studios can help them maintain a level of independence while not being too overwhelming. They can also offer the following benefits.

Less Disorientation

Large spaces can sometimes be disorienting for people with memory loss. With too many rooms, and often too many things, one- and two-bedroom apartments can lead to confusion and disorientation. Having a smaller studio space ensures that everything is in one room — easy to see and easy to access for your loved ones.

Downsized Yet Personalized 

As seniors move into assisted living memory care, oftentimes they need to downsize. With a studio apartment, they have just the right amount of space to choose the furniture and decor that mean the most to them without cluttering their new home. As a result, they can fill the studio with their favorite pieces so it feels like the space is really theirs. Downsizing into a studio apartment also means there’s less to clean or trip over, and more to enjoy in the community at large.

Morris-Studio_GSK7577bPictured: A studio apartment in Marjorie P. Lee's Morris Memory Support Household.   

Social Engagement

Premier retirement communities have large, beautiful common areas where residents can engage with staff and neighbors whenever they feel like it. Then, when they return to their studio apartment, they’re met with a cozy, comfortable space that meets their needs. In this way, they have access to spaces both large and small, depending on how they’re feeling on a particular day. 

By living in a studio apartment, though, residents are encouraged to leave their room to explore the retirement community. Social engagement is not only a known part of healthy aging, but it’s a great way to lift residents’ spirits and help them enjoy the day! 

Nutritious Meals 

While a studio apartment may not have the large kitchen your aging parent or spouse once had, you can be comforted knowing that premier retirement communities have superb dining services. At Marjorie. P Lee in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood, for example, residents come together for delicious meals in the beautiful Archea Dining Room. Group dining offers additional opportunities for social engagement, which can be beneficial for those with memory loss. On days when residents cannot make it to the dining room, we can also deliver meals to the resident’s apartment. That way, residents can always count on a balanced meal plan without worrying about cooking.  

Specialized Services

Though your loved one may lose some square footage, moving into an assisted living memory care studio apartment means they will gain professional support from a world-class staff. At Marjorie P. Lee, our residents have access to the healthcare services they need, even as those needs change. We have also developed a suite of cognitive therapies available to residents in our assisted living memory care neighborhoods. This program, known as Living Well Memory Support, uses a combination of software, music, art, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions to engage residents and stimulate their minds.

For seniors with memory loss, healthcare needs can change at any time. By choosing a retirement community that offers services above and beyond what your loved one requires right now, you can ensure that they’ll be taken care of even as their needs evolve. Likewise, moving into a studio apartment allows your loved one to take advantage of the independence, social engagement, and safety these spaces offer. 

To learn more about the assisted living memory care studio apartments available at Marjorie P. Lee, call us at (513) 871-2090 or fill out our information request form

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Kristin Davenport
May 14, 2020
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin is passionate about making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the ‘Refresh Your Soul’ conference planning team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex, live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon.

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