There are approximately 395 memory care facilities in Georgia. Some of these are quite small, with only a few residents gathered in a modified private home. Others are part of larger communities that may also offer assisted living services or independent living options. In this case, memory care is usually provided in a secure “neighborhood” where residents can receive the extra help they need.

Memory Care Services

Memory care services are usually provided in a fully secure environment to curb the wandering tendency of seniors experiencing memory loss. Caregivers, who are often specially trained, provide help with daily living activities, medication, housekeeping and laundry. They also offer redirection and guidance to lower residents’ levels of confusion and agitation.

Memory care communities provide three meals each day, and many of them have special options that help seniors maintain their independence and dignity. These may include offering easy-to-eat finger foods and puréed diets or creating a relaxing mealtime setting. Since some seniors with memory loss are easily distracted during meals and may not be able to eat enough in one sitting to maintain good nutrition, communities also provide snacks and hydration throughout the day.

Memory Care Amenities

Facilities that offer memory care usually provide a range of amenities to make residents’ lives more comfortable and meaningful. Common areas in these communities are designed with an eye toward ease of navigation and the right blend of sensory stimulation and calm. Some communities incorporate artwork, natural light and furnishings with soothing textures to help residents feel at home. Others may have special sensory rooms that provide music, aromatherapy and gentle lighting so that seniors can calm down when they’re upset and anxious.

Most memory care communities also offer a variety of programs to stimulate mental function and encourage socialization. Activities may include games, puzzles, music and exercise geared toward participants’ level of function and interests. Some facilities incorporate Montessori-style programming, life stations that help residents recall familiar activities and memory boxes to preserve pieces of the past.