From innovative therapies to engaging programs, memory care services are all about helping people feel their best with memory loss. If you’re just beginning to research your options for memory care services for a loved one, consider these three guidelines to help you find the best care possible.
Look for the experts in memory care services
The reasons people need long-term care are varied. If you’re looking to help someone with memory loss, you’ll want to find a community that specializes in memory care. That’s where you are most likely to find care that supports your loved one paired with engaging programming they can participate in and enjoy.
When you research memory care services online or in person, ask these questions:
- Do they talk about staff training in memory care?
- Is there specialized programming available for people with memory loss? How frequently?
- Are meals structured with the needs of people with memory loss in mind?
- Does this community have an art or music therapist on staff who is trained in working with people with memory loss?
- Do they talk about people with memory loss with dignity and respect?
Think about the future: what if your loved one needs more care?
Physical health problems often accompany memory loss. If your loved one someday needs more daily assistance or medical care than they do now, it’s best for that care to be available with as little disruption as possible.
Here at Chicago Methodist Senior Services, we offer memory care in both assisted living and skilled nursing settings, as well as short-term rehab. When care needs change, residents of our communities have preferred access to our other services, and we work to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Since residents are staying within our organization, staff can work together to simplify your loved one’s transition from one level of care to another. Members of our team will already know your loved one personally, and many of them will continue to work closely with them even as their care needs changes. Equally important, you can expect the same quality of care, warm atmosphere and personal touch no matter the type of care your loved one needs.
Look for innovation in memory care services
New research about memory loss and how to care for people living with it is happening constantly. The best practices for memory care change over time as we learn more. You want to find an organization that puts this change into practice.
At CMSS, you’ll find that we’re always adding new programs for memory care residents. Here are just a few examples of some of the innovative programs we’ve added to our care:
- We’ve partnered with researchers from Rush and Northwestern to track the outcomes of art therapy on people with memory loss
- We’re working with Embodied Labs to use virtual reality to increase staff understanding of the experience of memory loss
- In addition to art therapy ranging from visual art to storytelling, we’ve added art history professor Dr. Mark Pohlad to our staff to provide in-depth art presentations
- We’re certified in Music & MemorySM, a music therapy program for people with memory loss
If you consider these three factors when looking for memory care, you’re much more likely to find somewhere your loved one can feel their best.
To learn more about memory care and other aging services at CMSS, download our brochure.