There are approximately 363 memory care facilities in the state of Wisconsin. Memory care is for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. Most communities provide several levels of care for those in the early stages of memory loss through the later stages. These communities offer a wide range of benefits for seniors and their families.

Benefits of Memory Care for Seniors

Seniors in memory care communities receive full support with their personal care and medication. They live in a fully secure environment designed for their safety, and caregivers are present 24/7 to guide and support them. Many caregivers receive special training so that they can interact well with residents and help them calm down when they’re agitated and confused. Seniors have no need to worry about household chores or meals either, for these are taken care of. Most communities also serve snacks and beverages throughout the day and offer special menus with easy-to-eat foods to make sure residents receive the proper nutrition.

Memory care facilities provide the major benefits of socialization and activities to seniors who might otherwise experience isolation and boredom. These communities usually offer a wide range of programming designed to promote cognitive function, meaningful interactions and fun. Activity directors and other staff members gear activities to residents’ needs and abilities, and the calendar is packed with music, games, exercise and social hours. 

Benefits of Memory Care for Family Members

Family members and friends of seniors experiencing memory loss often experience a great deal of stress and worry about their loved ones. The seniors themselves may not recognize that anything is wrong, but those closest to them see their struggles and are constantly fearful their loved ones will fall, wander away or engage in risky behavior without realizing it. Family members know memory loss is making it impossible for their loved ones to live alone safely, and it may not be possible for them to care for their loved ones long-term.

This is where memory care comes in. Family members can find comfort in knowing that seniors struggling with memory loss live in a secure community with constant supervision and care. Most communities work closely with families to develop care plans, and many provide resources and support for families to help them interact with their loved ones more easily. Families can have peace of mind and still participate in their loved ones’ lives and care.