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Benefits of a Secured Memory Loss Unit in Treating Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Searching for the right kind of care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? There’s lots to learn about which senior living care options could suit their needs. But you don’t have to do it alone.

At Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care, we understand the challenging decisions families face as they look for the care their loved one needs and deserves. That’s why we put together this quick guide to common memory care options you’ll find across the nation.

What Does ‘Memory Care’ Mean?

Broadly speaking, ‘memory care’ refers to any type of senior care targeted toward the unique needs of memory-impaired seniors. This can range from early-stage dementia treatment to more advanced care oriented entirely around safety and comfort.

You’ll find this kind of support in dedicated memory care centers, but it’s most often offered in conjunction with other types of senior care. In the next part of the blog, we’ll cover one of the most common avenues for Alzheimer’s and dementia care – the dementia care unit.

What is a Dementia Care Unit?

A dementia care unit – also known as a secure memory care unit – is a specialized division in a long-term senior care community. But what are the benefits of a secure memory loss unit in dementia care? Here are just a few of the ways they could benefit your loved one and the whole family:

  • They offer more security. A secured or locked dementia unit can more safely reduce risky behaviors that are common in seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory impairment – things like wandering, exit-seeking, confusion and agitated moods.
  • Specialized care makes a difference. There’s a lot of science behind modern memory care. Experts understand more about the optimal time for waking, eating and other daily living support. They’ll learn which activities and therapies spark joy in your loved one. That can make a big difference in their quality of life.
  • You’ll worry less. Whatever their care situation was beforehand, a move to a secure care unit will give you more peace of mind. That’s because a dementia care unit is usually housed inside communities that offer 24-hour nursing support. A helping hand will always be there for your loved one if they need it.

What is the Average Stay in a Memory Care Facility Like?

This is a tough question to answer, and it depends on a number of factors – chiefly, your loved one’s health. Seniors in the earliest stages of dementia would have an experience more akin to standard skilled nursing, where support is available at all hours, but only at request. Seniors with more advanced memory impairment generally require a little more structure. Ultimately, the only way to find answers is to visit the community yourself.

Learn More About Lakeland Memory Care

Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center is proud to provide secure memory care services for older adults in and around Effingham, IL. We’ll design a custom care plan that addresses your loved one’s needs while treating them with the respect and dignity they truly deserve.

When your loved one needs that extra level of compassionate support to make the most of each new day, give us a call at 217-342-2171. Our team of experts are ready to help.