June 23, 2023

Arrow Senior Living Debunks Myths Surrounding Memory Care

Category: Dementia Resources

Author: Elizabeth Thompson, Regional Director of Memory Care

There are several myths surrounding memory care, the specialized attention for individuals with memory impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. It’s important to debunk these myths to promote a better understanding of memory care by providing accurate information to help families find the right level of care at the right time for their loved ones.

Our Memory Care Neighborhoods empower the person living with dementia. We focus on remaining abilities versus what they are no longer able to do. Our engagement opportunities throughout the day provide purposeful activity, where we all feel like family.

Arrow Senior Living Memory Care gathers detailed information about the person living with dementia. We secure this information prior to their move into the Neighborhoods. We create an engagement plan for each individual resident. This enables us to create engagement they will enjoy and allows us to provide the best person-centered care. We also have beautiful courtyards so residents can enjoy the outdoors and life stations throughout the Neighborhoods to promote purposeful reminiscing opportunities.

We are finding dementia is affecting people at younger ages. We have had individuals as young as 40 years of age. The most recent diagnosis was in China, he was only 19 years old. The most important thing in caring for someone with dementia is providing them a safe, secure environment where they can have meaningful engagement throughout each day.

We have seen an overall improvement in those living with dementia once they move into our Memory Care Neighborhoods. When individuals come from home, typically, they were not receiving the engagement and socialization that takes place in our Neighborhoods. There is a saying, “Use it or lose it.” This is very true for those living with dementia. It is vital to focus on their remaining abilities and utilize those daily.

As Regional Director of Memory Care for Arrow Senior Living, I hope this information helps provide a better picture of Arrow Memory Care Neighborhoods. It is important to gather accurate data to dispel myths and make informed decisions regarding memory care for yourself or a loved one. Arrow Senior Living Memory Care Neighborhoods are full of life and joy. They are a place where individuals living with dementia can thrive and feel purposeful. Interested in learning more? We invite you to come see for yourself!

Saint Charles, Missouri-based Arrow Senior Living manages a portfolio of communities that offer varying levels of care, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Each and every senior living community supports residents by focusing on dignity, respect, and quality of life. The programs and amenities offered are selected to provide only the highest standard of quality and comfort.

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