We generally associate age with the fragility of the physical body. But even the mind shows ageing with bouts of forgetfulness which will disrupt a person’s personality. These are the heartbreaking effects of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two of the common memory loss conditions included under the umbrella of memory care. This specialized care spans a spectrum of services depending upon the severity of symptoms exhibited by an individual. Memory Care requires more care and of a different nature than what is given as Assisted Care. While Dementia is age related Alzheimer’s is the worst form of Dementia where the patient loses his memory completely. Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s affect the elderly population only. Care for such patients needs lot of passion and compassion.
Why Gated Communities?
An estimated 6 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s will wander and hence the communities are designed to minimize the risk of them just walking out. Gated communities have a secured courtyard that allows residents the opportunity to walk outside of garden without any risk of walking away.
Research has shown that seniors with Dementia and Alzheimer’s can become easily stressed and disoriented and care centres like ours are created to offer a relaxed setting. To create a more intimate setting for residents we are trying to design a neighborhood setting with apartments clustered around to share common areas. To assist in way finding many communities, place a memory box filled with mementos from the resident’s life outside each apartment. Some memory care providers design menus that address the lack of appetite and attention is placed on creating a contrast between the food color and the plate for better visual of the food.
Activities are specially designed around the residents past interest so that residents may reconnect with their memories. CovaiCare would be setting up its first Memory Care Centre by 2018-19.