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What Is Memory Care?

When memory loss becomes a part of your life, you deserve care that’s about you, not just your diagnosis. What is memory care? It’s care tailored to the unique needs of people with memory loss, and can be a part of or provided through home care, assisted living or skilled nursing care.

What is memory care designed to address?

Memory care is about helping you feel your best, no matter what types of assistance you may need. Caregivers trained in memory care help people manage the symptoms of memory loss. These symptoms go beyond forgetfulness to include anxiety, disorientation, lack of appetite and others.

Memory care communities help you establish a routine, so you get the regular sleep, nutrition and medication you need to be as healthy as possible. A regular schedule will help you minimize anxiety and feel your best. And, you’ll be free of the day-to-day stress of keeping up with the laundry and the dishes, so you can focus your time on the things you really care about and enjoy.

When is it time to transition to a memory care community?

Many people with memory loss live at home with help from family and friends, but this becomes harder as memory loss progresses, or if it goes along with a decline in physical health.

Everyone experiences memory loss differently, but there are some common signs that more assistance could be helpful. Keep an eye on the following.

Do you have trouble:

  • Remembering to take your medications?
  • Remembering and getting to your doctors’ appointments?
  • Managing anxiety and confusion?
  • Keeping up with tasks around the house?
  • Getting to and from the things you want to do?

Do you need more:

  • Physical assistance in day-to-day activities?
  • Help managing your daily routine?
  • Chances to engage with a community of your peers?

Are you worried about:

  • Getting lost or confused when you leave your house?
  • Having someone around who can help you when you need it?

Are your loved ones:

  • Concerned about your safety?
  • Finding it difficult to help you in the ways you need?

Even if only a few of these questions apply to you today, it’s a good idea to research memory care communities now, especially if your family has a history of memory loss. Ask for help from your doctor and loved ones when considering your options. We recommend touring communities you’re interested in. Talk to people who live and work there, and eat a meal at the community. You can also participate in a program or event, which is one of the best ways to get to know a memory care community.

What is memory care like at a CMSS community?  

At our vibrant communities, the focus is on you. Hartwell Place is an intimate assisted living community, and Wesley Place offers more advanced memory care in a skilled nursing environment.

At Chicago Methodist Senior Services, you’ll find care including:

  • Assistance with daily activities as needed, housekeeping and laundry done for you
  • Caregivers who treat you with dignity and feel like family.
  • Engaging programming, like art history lectures and trips to Chicago museums.
  • Art and music therapy.
  • Dining options catered to your needs and preferences.
  • A robust volunteer program.
  • A comfortable setting where family and friends can spend time with you.

Here, every day, every program and every event is designed so that whatever your care needs, you can participate. Does CMSS’ memory care sound like it could be a fit for you? Book a tour today.

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