Residents’ whereabouts and well-being are monitored by well-educated care team members providing 24-hour care and supervision. There is typically a nurse manager on our teams. Enhanced care team member-to-resident ratios allow responsive care. Services include arrangement of healthcare appointments, mobility assistance, help with dressing, standby and full assistance for showering, and personal care assistance with activities of daily living.
Memory Care Neighborhoods
What is memory care? Memory care, sometimes referred to as Alzheimer’s care, is a residential home-like care setting designed specifically to care for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
In Memory Care neighborhoods we provide physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support for the people who live there. We also provide education and peace of mind for families who have a cognitively challenged loved one.
Our Memory Care team members undergo dementia-specific education including validation and elder-directed, person-centered training when learning how to provide assistance to elders with dementia. This training provides the team with the skills necessary to put the relationship with the resident first and the assistance (e.g. dressing) as a natural part of interacting with the resident. This builds trust and the care team learns to pay attention to and identify the residents needs and desires more quickly than if they were solely focused on getting the task done.
Benefits of living in a Compass Memory Care neighborhood include:
- Secured house and grounds with keypad entry to minimize risk of wandering.
- Lovely outdoor areas to walk and sit.
- Person-centered, elder-directed programming including validation and The Eden Alternative.
- Regular relationship building and personal one-on- one and group interaction as part of
- Programs to engage the memory-challenged individual in daily life -- minimizing.
- Withdrawal and encouraging engagement.
- Diet and exercise support and encouragement.
- Elder well-being monitoring and communication with family and health care providers.
- Education for families and support so you can be in relationship with your loved one and focus on spending quality and joyful times with the individual over the daily caring for their basic needs.
Specially Educated Care Team
Our care teams receive ongoing education in “best practices” and use appropriate, progressive techniques, memory cues, verbal and nonverbal communications to address unmet needs of each person. They also understand and respond compassionately to residents’ behaviors and changing abilities.
Elegant Surroundings, Supportive Services
Attention was paid to ensure that these purpose-built accommodations offer ease of living and elegance. Chef-prepared meals are provided daily from fresh ingredients and served in a home-like communal dining area. Convenient and manageable finger foods are available for residents who have difficulty sitting through a meal. The dining area can easily be rearranged to double as a setting for group activities. Living quarters are private and spacious, ready to be individualized with personal furnishings and belongings. Each is fitted with an emergency response system. All of the bathrooms meet ADA standards and have slip-resistant flooring. Apartments receive daily room tidying and weekly housekeeping. There is personal laundry and linen service available. And, short-term respite stays can be arranged when family caregivers need to attend to personal business or would like to go on vacation.
A full calendar of diverse activities, designed to engage residents, are scheduled and ongoing. They are tailored to individual preferences and skill levels. Individual, small and large group activities can include such things as exercise, nature walks, and gardening; art, music, and singing; classes and demonstrations; reminiscence activities; aromatherapy; music therapy; visits with community pets; on-site entertainers and celebrations; off-site outings and excursions; and holiday celebrations. Family involvement is highly encouraged.