Being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s often leads to a series of emotions and changes for the senior involved and the loved ones who support them. One of the most significant decisions is whether or not they should move into a memory care community.
This decision is very personal and should be strongly considered for each person. However, there are many myths surrounding memory care that can negatively influence people’s decisions. Let’s look at a few of those myths and discuss the truth.
Top 5 Memory Care Myths
1. Memory care removes a resident’s independence.
Unfortunately, this is one of the most harmful myths surrounding memory care. Seniors who choose to move to a memory care community still have plenty of independence.
For example, at Marjorie P. Lee (MPL), we recently renovated our memory care households to meet our residents’ needs better. Residents can have as much privacy as they’d like, but there are also areas like our communal kitchens where they can socialize with others.
2. Memory support centers don’t engage the residents.
When your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s moves to a memory care community like MPL, they’ll always have access to activities that keep their mind sharp. We’re proud to offer many different memory support services to engage their minds and bodies and create a high quality of life.
At Marjorie P. Lee, we stand by the idea of person-centered care and prioritizing our residents’ unique needs above all. Our staff is caring and compassionate, and they’re trained in ways to engage with older adults with memory loss or cognitive disorders.
3. Memory centers are impersonal and cold, like on TV.
Television shows and movies have depicted memory support communities as gloomy and under-staffed facilities. Contrary to what you may see in the media, most memory care communities are actually bright, engaging places full of light and color without overstimulating the residents.
At MPL, we prioritized creating a home-like atmosphere so that our residents and their loved ones who visit will feel comfortable and welcome. Our staff is outgoing, and they love our residents like they’re family.
4. I can care for my loved one the best.
We understand your passion, and we admire your desire to care for your loved one. Choosing a memory care community can be a difficult decision not only for them but for you, too. While you might be able to care for your loved one right now, dementia and Alzheimer’s can take unexpected turns, and you don’t need to put that pressure on yourself.
The staff at memory care communities like MPL are dedicated, well-trained, and know how to support residents through the progression of their diagnosis. When you come to visit, you’ll be able to simply enjoy spending time with your loved one, rather than worrying about attending to their various needs.
5. Memory care is impersonal and generic.
Your loved one is unique, and their care should be, too. Memory care communities and the caregivers who work there know this and embrace it. With programs like Music & Memory and 360 Wellbeing, our team at MPL provides personalized memory support to our residents.
In Music & Memory, residents receive personalized iPods with music that can help tap into their memory. The 360 Wellbeing program supports their mental and physical health and wellness, with programs like yoga, chair aerobics, and massage therapy.
While myths often surround memory care communities, it’s important to remember that they’re just that: myths. The things you may have heard or believe about these communities are often false. When you research local memory care communities, you’ll find various options to support your loved one.
Remember: sometimes, the best way to support your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s is by finding a memory care community that can fully care for their needs and improve their outlook.