What is Memory Care

What is Memory Care?

Alzheimer’s disease affects one in nine people age 65 and older, and about one-third of people age 85 and older. At Baxter Senior Living, we will provide a compassionate and caring environment for our residents coping with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Memory care services differ from the services provided by an assisted living community or a nursing home.

Memory care communities are not nursing homes. We are not a medical facility, sub-acute hospital nor rehab, and we cannot provide 24-hour nursing services and supervision. We can provide intermittent nursing services, housing, food service, redirection, reminders, and offer assistance with activities of daily living including, but not limited to:

  • Assistance with ambulation and walking
  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Medications
  • Laundry and Housekeeping
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Daily Wellness Checks
  • Transfer between a bed and a chair & wheelchair to toilet.
  • Many chronic medical conditions not requiring assistive machines (picc-line, ventilator, respirator)
  • Outings and doctor transportation to local appointments

Recent improvements in dementia unit design have centered on mitigating various components of Alzheimer’s and dementia ailments. For added comfort, our facility will offer shelving to display and/or store familiar personal effects such as pictures or sentimental items. In terms of safety, we will offer delayed egress doors and a monitoring system which notifies staff when exterior doors are opened by residents, family members, and staff alike.

For more information please call us or send us an email; we’d be glad to be a resource.

What is Dementia?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.
  • Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
  • Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
  • Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.