Learn About Alzheimer's Disease
When making a decision, it is important to ask if there is
specialized care offered for residents with Alzheimer's disease or
other forms of dementia. You can find
communities that offer specialized care by completing the form
Stand alone memory care communities called
Alzheimer's special care units or memory care units also exist
to better meet the specialized needs of residents with the disease.
These memory care communities have been designed specifically for
seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia and often
have features like a circular layout to ensure a resident won't
encounter a 'dead-end' in a hallway (a potential source of stress
for advanced cases of Alzheimer's).
What is the best type of care for a loved one with the disease?
Alzheimer's care is often delivered in an assisted
living or nursing home
setting usually in a separate floor or unit. Generally, the
residents live in semi-private apartments and have
structured activities delivered by staff members trained in
Alzheimer's and dementia care. Most of these living environments
have secured areas to prevent
wandering, a common symptom of the disease. Often, residents
have access to outdoor walking paths or gardens which are within