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Transitioning from assisted living to memory care

Transitioning from Assisted Living to memory care

Transitioning from assisted living to memory care is a significant decision that must be carefully considered. As seniors with memory impairments experience increased needs over time, specialized memory care becomes essential to ensure their well-being and safety. Memory care facilities provide a supportive environment and services specifically tailored to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. By transitioning to memory care, individuals can access round-the-clock supervision, specialized therapies, and assistance with daily living activities, ultimately enhancing their quality of life and providing peace of mind for their loved ones.

Here are some steps to help with the transition from assisted living to memory care:

  1. Understand the need for memory care: It is important to recognize when the level of care provided in assisted living is no longer sufficient for someone with memory impairments. Memory care communities are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Research memory care communities: Take the time to research different memory care facilities in your area. Look for locations that specialize in memory care and have a positive reputation.
  3. Visit potential memory care communities: Schedule tours and visits to the facilities you are considering. Observe the environment, talk to staff members, and ask questions about the services and care provided. Pay attention to the safety features, activity programs, and staff-to-resident ratio.
  4. Involve your loved one in the decision-making process: If possible, involve the person who will be transitioning to memory care in the decision-making process. Their input and involvement can help ease the transition and make them feel more comfortable with the change.
  5. Create a familiar environment: Transitioning to a new living arrangement can be disorienting for someone with memory impairments. Personalize their new living space with familiar items, photographs, or treasured possessions to create a sense of familiarity.
  6. Communicate with staff: Share important information about the individual’s preferences, routines, and interests with the memory care staff. This will help them provide personalized care and create meaningful experiences for the person.
  7. Provide emotional support: Transitioning to memory care can be emotionally challenging for both the individual and their loved ones. Offer emotional support and reassurance during the transition process.
  8. Establish a routine: Help the person establish a daily routine in the new memory care facility. Consistency and structure can help reduce anxiety and confusion.
  9. Stay involved: Even after the transition, stay involved in their care. Visit regularly, participate in activities together, and communicate with the staff to ensure their needs are being met.

Inspired Living makes the memory care transition seamless

Transitioning from assisted living to memory care can be a big step, but it is often a necessary one as the needs of individuals with memory impairments increase over time. Inspired Living at Kenner is an assisted living and memory care community that offers a supportive environment to make transitioning easier. Remember, transitioning to memory care is about ensuring the safety, well-being, and quality of life for your loved one. With careful planning, support from communities like Inspired Living at Kenner, and open communication with staff, the transition can be a positive step towards meeting the changing needs of your loved one. 

At Inspired Living at Kenner, we consider our residents as part of our family and treat them with the utmost care and respect. Don’t just take our word for it. Contact us today to schedule a tour and discover firsthand how we can support your loved one.

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