Memory Care for Elders with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

by November 9, 2020

Watching your loved one age can be difficult, especially if they are experiencing memory issues. As your loved ones age, their memory changes as well. Memory loss can be an incredible daily challenge if additional support is not readily available. At Tysons Woods Assisted Living, our memory care service team treats your loved ones like our own, and we genuinely care that they are receiving proper support when they need it.

Below, we discuss everything you need to know about memory care and how we can help.

What is Memory Care?

Alzheimer’s and dementia are brain diseases that cause a gradual decline in memory. At Tysons Woods, memory care is provided in a safe and structured environment to help your loved one live more comfortably.

Our team also provides regular routines and in-house chef-prepared meals to minimize your loved one’s stress. Structured daily schedules allow for more time for physical and emotional support as well. Memory care residents also receive frequent check-ins to help them easily navigate each day as smoothly as possible.

Signs Your Loved One May Need Memory Care

While your loved one may be safe right now in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, if their condition progresses more quickly, then they may need regular care and support. These individuals may seem more stressed, irritable, and impatient. And sometimes, even family members may experience this too.

Here are a few additional signs of memory loss as provided by the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Forgetting important information and dates
  • Heavy reliance on reminders or memory aids
  • Difficulties with planning, problem-solving, and completing familiar tasks
  • Losing things/inability to retrace lost items
  • Trouble with conversation
  • Difficulty with comprehending images and judging distance
  • Poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from regular activities
  • Confusion, depression, and anxiety

How to Choose a Memory Care Provider

Here’s what you should consider when choosing a memory care provider for your loved one:

Do the layout and environment suit your loved one’s needs? 

Living communities that are clean, pleasant, and have clearly labeled rooms and doors will allow your loved one to feel more comfortable with moving around on their own. Take a tour of the community and talk to the caregivers and residents to get a better idea of the community and the level of care provided.

Has the staff received special training to provide adequate memory care? 

Be sure to ask the staff what their memory care experience consists of. Do they have certifications? During your tour, were residents cared for immediately? Consider asking them how they manage situations when a resident becomes agitated.

Will your loved one receive balanced meals and structured routines? 

Does the memory care provider offer engaging activities and meals for their residents? Maybe during your visit, you can ask to participate in a meal or activity to observe how the staff interacts with their residents.

Compassionate Memory Care for our Assisted Living Elders in McLean, VA

Deciding whether additional support for your loved one isn’t easy, and many families may feel wary about hidden fees and up-charges that some facilities tack on, but our team provides you everything up front. At Tysons Woods Assisted Living, our memory care services and amenities are included in our all-inclusive pricing. We treat your loved ones as our own so you can trust that our services go above and beyond at an affordable price.

Get in touch with us at (703) 846-0395 or fill out our form to learn more about our familial assisted living community and memory care services.