Memory Care - Inspiritas
Dementia is the term describing a decline in cognitive-linguistic functions such as short term memory, comprehension and use of verbal language, reasoning skills necessary for basic problem solving and safety awareness, and visual/spatial abilities. Dementia occurs secondary to various diseases, but the most commonly recognized is Alzheimer’s Disease. Other diseases that typically progress with dementia include Lewy Body, Picks, Huntington, and Parkinson’s. Current statistics estimate that at least 50% of those 80 years or older have some form of dementia. While most people with dementia experience a progressive loss of cognitive, communicative, sensory, and physical function over time, studies have shown that supportive care for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and creative activity planning implementing appropriate cognitive stimulation can both slow this progression and improve quality of life.
Families experience numerous challenges caring at home for a loved one with dementia. Some of these challenges are chronically high levels of stress, loss of income, decreased attention to their own health, and depression. RUI recognizes these obstacles for family members and is committed to implementing evidence-based, person-centered resident plans for your loved one with 24-hour nursing and personal care, a dedicated Medical Director, our Dining with Dementia program, and activities that are both stimulating and enriching.
RUI’s Memory Care program is designed and supervised by a nationally-certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 15 years of experience working with people with dementia and their caregivers. Our Nursing and Life Enrichment team offer innovative care approaches and further develop their expertise by participating in regular continuing education on topics including: identifying the different levels of dementia, maximizing retained functions, activity planning to increase resident engagement, dining interventions to ensure safe and optimal hydration and nutrition, environmental and physical modifications to improve resident independence and success, and empathic support for our residents and family members.
In RUI communities that provide memory care, our teams focus on what the resident CAN do for him/herself and provide thoughtful support with knowledgeable coordination of services in our spacious, inviting, maintenance-free apartments. Our Memory Care areas are secured for resident safety yet still offer beautifully-landscaped grounds to stimulate the senses and connection to nature. Other amenities include salon services, laundry and housekeeping, three nutritious meals per day in addition to afternoon and evening snacks, on-site therapy and wellness clinic, as well as multi-sensory outdoor recreational spaces specifically planned for our memory-impaired residents. We work together to ensure each resident receives compassionate care to meet his/her emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and cognitive needs. Our daily calendar of activities reflects these five components of our Life Enrichment program as our staff utilizes a variety of creative approaches such as music and movement, art, small and large group social interactions, yoga and chair exercise, technology, and cognitive stimulation through brain fitness and reminiscence opportunities. Above all, we provide our residents with smiles, personalized-attention, encouragement, hugs, and family members with peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is surrounded by dedicated staff members who strive to make every day his/her best!