Alzheimer’s Care and Memory Support Services in NJ

Families Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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. Concerns over the progressive memory loss of a parent are one of the most common reasons that families seek out Assisted living facilities with the special training, facilities, and protocols for dealing with seniors with progressive dementia related illnesses.

Alzheimer's Care and Memory Care

United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City New Jersey, has an entire wing of specialized memory support residences devoted to the special needs of these seniors. Whether the needs of your loved one are currently minor, or more advanced, living in a community like The Shores is your best hope for slowing the progression of their disease, providing quality of life, and keeping your loved one safe.

Contact Us Today to understand our unique competence in dealing with the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

How Does UMC Care for Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s?

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. The nature of this disease however is such that seniors with memory problems cannot be relied upon to care for themselves, even in the early stages. They quickly pose a danger to themselves and others and place a tremendous burden on family members who worry about them.

The memory care team at The Shores has found that seniors with memory issues do better when they embrace a new environment while they still have reasonable cognitive function. When dealing with the onset of dementia related illness, its always better to seek care or make a move to a memory care facility earlier rather than later.

Signs of Dementia Related Illness in Seniors

There are some common signs of dementia related illness that can start out innocently enough but can signal a need for caregivers to get involved as soon as possible.

Common Dementia-Related Memory Loss Can Include:

  • Lack of interest in bathing/dressing
  • Inability to remember names or events
  • General memory problems
  • Not sure of month, day, or date
  • Forgets name and faces of people they’ve met
  • Increasingly odd sleeping patterns
  • Trouble finding words to describe things
  • Depression and fatigue
  • Leaves things on in Kitchen Like Gas or Oven, leaves Refrigerator Open
  • An increasingly filthy living space, lack of awareness of environment

 

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
  • Baking
  • Cooking
  • Folding Clothes
  • Socialization
  • Gardening
  • 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 a desire to make our residents as safe and comfortable as possible, all four residences emulate home environments. They include resident studio apartments, dining rooms serving award winning meals, serving and/or country kitchens, large and small activity areas, common open spaces, therapeutic tub rooms, and fireplaces.

Additionally our residences enhance safety through their layout and use of technology.  All our memory care residences are self-contained and each is equipped with nurse call and wander management systems.

Where Are Memory Support Services Provided?

Alzheimer’s care and memory support is offered at The Shores in Ocean City, Bristol Glen in Newton, and Pitman in Pitman, New Jersey. Housed in Assisted Living, memory support services offer studio apartment style living specially designed to support individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and monitoring is provided consistent with the level of functioning of each resident.

You don’t have to go this alone…Call UMC today to discuss your specific concerns related to all form of memory impairment and treatments at our facilities.