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When to Consider a Memory Care Facility

GreenField Terrace is one of our signature residential spaces inside The GreenFields Continuing Care Community. Its living spaces provide the typical comfort resplendent across our Lancaster campus. It also offers residents indoor and outdoor activities vital to a healthy lifestyle.

But of the four separate Terrace houses built, three were built to cater to those in need of memory care. These residents—with a primary diagnosis of dementia or with developing cognitive difficulties—receive individualized attention and care in a comfortable and less structured environment. Nurses are on-site 24 hours a day, and our Care Partners are able to provide the assistance and other care services each resident needs—all as they enjoy access to a full range of services on the greater GreenFields Campus.

These residents arrived in their spaces after they and their families realized that a memory care facility was necessary. But how did each come to this conclusion? Many factors can influence a decision to seek assistance. According to a variety of medical experts and publications, here are some considerations when deciding on a memory care facility.

 

1. Medical diagnosis

Casual forgetfulness can happen, and it often happens with aging. But a medical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia—which affects more than 50 million people worldwide, with 10 million new cases per year—makes it clear that a move is needed—and a devoted memory care facility could significantly improve long-term treatment.

 

2. Changes in behavior

Simple changes in the way one acts could be a big tell that a memory care intervention should take place. According to a recent report in U.S. News & World Report, these changes—whether withdrawing from activities they used to enjoy, or distancing themselves socially from friends and family—may signal mental changes that could be a cause for concern.

 

3. Safety concerns

If a loved one is developing changes in his or her behavior, there may be safety concerns along with larger health concerns. Shifts in one’s mood or demeanor could lead to danger whether that person is living alone or with someone else. Therefore, having a dedicated caregiver to address these changes in a safe space could make a critical difference.

 

4. An overwhelmed caregiver

Many times, family members—out of love and duty—agree to care for a loved one with needs they’re not able to handle. Dementia brings about concerns or situations that can overwhelm trained professionals—so it’s understandable when well-meaning sons and daughters feel the same way. Entrusting a loved one to a memory care facility can alleviate these pressures, all while helping a patient in need.

 

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about The GreenFields memory care facility, visit thegreenfields.org/memory-care today.

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Lancaster, NY 14086

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