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  • Writer's pictureHaley Burress

How Memory Care Supports Family Caregivers

Memory care communities are designed to meet the challenges of living with dementia. Not only are staff members trained in therapeutic interventions and current best practices of dementia care, but the community itself is built to help residents feel comfortable, safe, and engaged with their neighbors. From familiar daily routine rhythms to creative interventions that meet the unique needs of everyone who lives there, memory care communities truly strive to give residents experiences and an environment that supports whole-person wellness.

And what would whole-person wellness be without also focusing on family members?

Most memory care communities provide education, resources, and support for the family members of residents. Here are just a few examples of what to look for when you’re choosing a memory care community for your loved one.

Educational Presentations

Memory care communities often host educational presentations, given by local experts, with family caregivers in mind. You can benefit from learning more about the dementia process, including how each stage is different as the disease progresses. Look for not only general dementia presentations, but also lectures about how to communicate with your loved one, Power of Attorney information, and more.

Family Nights and Special Events

Getting family members (and friends!) involved in the life of the community is the foundation of most memory care communities. Look for special events, like barbeques or craft groups, that are designed for family members and residents to participate in together. You’ll make positive memories with your loved one there! 

But if you can’t make a special family night event, you can still get involved with the community. Family members are welcome to attend any activity with their loved ones, so if you’re there visiting, consider taking your loved one down to the exercise class, entertainment performance, or happy hour.

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Caregiver Support Groups

Being a family caregiver can feel quite isolating; well-meaning friends don’t always know what to say. Memory care communities often offer regularly occurring family support groups led by experienced facilitators. You’ll find that others in the room understand your feelings and share your experiences, which can help to make you feel less alone. Support groups often also have an educational component, which is helpful.

Personalized Advice

Finally, staff members in a memory care community have chosen to specialize in dementia care. They have years of experience and are valuable resources in their own rights. They are there to offer a listening ear, encouraging words, and a helping hand. Perhaps most importantly, they can keep you updated on how your loved one is doing and answer specific questions or concerns you might have. They can give you ideas for how to make your visits more comfortable for you and your loved one, or tips for how to leave your visit without making your loved one upset. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions or for advice; they are there to answer your emails, phone calls, and to visit with you one-on-one.

Wondering how to find a memory care community that provides support for your loved one and you? Let us help. The team here at iNavigate is ready to get to know more about your needs and to use that information to curate a list of communities that could be your best choices. Even better, our services are free to you. Contact us to set up a free consultation.

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