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 Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia 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 goes beyond what is traditionally offered in an Assisted Living setting and the levels of assistance with activities of a daily living will progressively increase. Keeping this in mind the care giving incorporates design element that research has shown to lower the stress levels with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
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 Alzheimer’s and Dementia can become easily stressed and disoriented and gated communities 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.