If you have a loved one who needs memory care for Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, his or her environment can have a significant impact on his or her overall well-being. Maintaining a positive environment is soothing and helps people receiving memory care learn new ways to navigate their worlds. Here is a closer look at the value of positive environments and how you can help your loved one feel at peace.
What impact does the environment have on seniors with memory issues?
When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, a once-familiar environment can suddenly seem foreign. People and places become unfamiliar, which can be scary and confusing. When that environment is overloaded with loud noises, yelling, frustration and chaos, it can be even more alarming. A person who feels disoriented and unsure of his or her surroundings will become agitated and fearful.
This fear and agitation can lead to dangerous behaviors. For instance, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may wander if he or she feels unsafe, or he or she may become physically aggressive in response to perceived threats. A chaotic environment also increases depression and anxiety.
What makes an environment positive for someone in memory care?
Memory care homes that are positive look like inviting homes instead of cold facilities. They typically have small groups of residents and maintain a daily schedule of meals, activities and bed. They welcome families for visits, and they involve residents in the running of the home. Medication management, bedside care, and other services are provided with patients and compassion. The more closely a memory care home mirrors a typical home, the more comfortable residents will feel.
At Avalon Memory Care, we pride ourselves on the sense of home and community we create for our residents. We share meals and activities together, and family members are always welcome to enjoy us. Every home is designed to support and comfort our memory care residents. If you are looking for a memory care home in Dallas, Houston or Arlington for your loved one, you can find out more about our area locations by calling (214) 752-7050.