Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people across the globe. The disease can have a debilitating impact on the mental wellbeing of those affected; the disease can also require specialized care in order to keep those impacted safe and healthy. Alzheimer’s residences, also known as memory care communities or assisted living facilities, are specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Bhaktraj Singh, owner and CEO of the Alzheimer’s care development company, Adora, is planning the development of specialized care facilities that cater to those struggling with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in Burlington, Ontario.
In this article, he shares his insights into the types of care these specialized facilities provide.
Personalized care plans:
Alzheimer’s residences are designed to create very individualized care plans for each resident, plans that carefully consider their specific needs, abilities, and personal preferences,” explains Singh. “These care plans are developed in collaboration with the residences family and medical professionals to ensure that the proper care can be provided.”
These personalized care plans take into account factors such as a person’s cognitive ability, mobility, medical conditions, and emotional well-being. The goal here is to provide a supportive environment that fosters independence and maintains a sense of familiarity and routine.
Assistance with daily living activities:
One of the primary focuses of Alzheimer’s residences is to assist residents with the activities of daily living, also known as “ADLs”. These activities include tasks such as bathing, grooming, eating, and typically mobility. Trained staff members are always available to provide the necessary hands-on assistance, ensuring that residents receive the care they need while promoting dignity and autonomy. These specialized staff members are also trained in techniques to effectively communicate and engage with residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“Proper medication management is very crucial for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease,” adds Bhaktraj Singh. “Alzheimer’s residences have the systems in place to ensure that residents receive their prescribed medications accurately and on time.”
Trained staff members help with administering medications, monitoring any potential side effects, and communicating with healthcare professionals to make any necessary adjustments to medication regimens. This helps to minimize the risks associated with medication administration errors and supports the overall health of residents.
“Engaging individuals with Alzheimer’s in deeply meaningful activities and therapies is essential to providing them with the stimulation needed to keep their minds active,” says Singh. “Specialized residences offer a range of activities tailored to residents’ cognitive abilities, interests, and personal preferences.”
These programs typically include cognitive exercises, art and music therapy, reminiscence therapy, physical exercise, and social events.
“Meaningful engagement doesn’t just stimulate cognitive function, but it also enhances overall well-being, while reducing anxiety and improving quality of life,” says Singh.
Alzheimer’s residences play an essential role in supporting those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. The goal is to create a supportive and engaging environment that maximizes the resident’s quality of life while maintaining their dignity and independence.
“If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, exploring the options provided by Alzheimer’s residences may be a valuable consideration to ensure their well-being and specialized care,” says Singh.