Worldwide, the number of people with dementia is currently estimated at 35.6 million, and is projected to double every 20 years. In response to the increasing need for memory care services, the United Methodist Communities has established memory support residences in four of its full service communities.
Families Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease
The progressive nature of dementia can take a toll both emotionally and physically on families who may not be well equipped to deal with the increasing level of demands. The next best thing to a cure for Alzheimer’s is a program of regular stimulation, mental and physical exercise and medication if necessary, which can dramatically slow the degradation of cognitive function and in some cases even improve these functions.
United Methodist Communities Memory Support
Our memory support residences are especially designed to offer the perfect environment to improve the quality of life for residents with all levels of memory loss and other cognitive impairments. Because the progressive illness diminishes intellectual abilities, skills and daily functioning over time, programming revolves around activities associated with living at home. These programs are based on individuals’ unique needs, preferences and strengths. For therapeutic value, everyday routines are incorporated into the neighborhood lifestyle:
- Setting the Table
- Folding Clothes
- Group Discussions
Other important programming components include fitness, music and sensory involvement. These approaches promote dignity and independence as well as being entertaining and social.
Consistent with the programmatic goals, all four residences emulate home environments. They include resident studio apartments, dining rooms, serving and/or country kitchens, large and small activity areas, common open spaces, therapeutic tub rooms, and fireplaces. Further enhancing safety, these residences are self-contained and each is equipped with nurse call and wander management systems.