What is Memory Care?
Memory care is a term that refers to specialized care provided by some assisted living facilities to help seniors and other individuals affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of memory impairment.
While it exists under the umbrella of assisted living, memory care includes a higher degree of clinical care to provide for the special needs of those with Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s and other dementia-causing disorders. Memory care is often provided in a separate area of an assisted living facility, though some providers such as Silverado operate facilities wholly dedicated to it.
Due to the necessities of caring for those with dementia, memory care generally includes these services:
- Skilled 24-hour care, supervision and personal assistance with activities of daily living
- Activities and programs to help residents retain cognitive function
- Exercises, therapy and physical activities to retain physical abilities
- Health management, including medication management and specialists in preventing common dementia-related complications
- Specially-designed surroundings to keep residents safe
- Neighborhoods providing different levels of care to meet the needs of residents at different stages of the disease (at Silverado these are Nexus, Enrichment and Sensory)
Silverado’s Memory Care Communities are purpose-built to fulfill these needs and many others. It is our belief that dignity is a key component in the care of those with dementia, and we strive to provide the highest levels of care for our residents - mind, body and spirit.