If you or a loved one are beginning to need extra assistance at home due to memory-related conditions, you may also be starting to consider senior living or in-home care arrangements — including Memory Care and Assisted Living.
As specialized types of senior living communities, Memory Care and Assisted Living provide superior levels of care to those who need these services now or will need them in the future. Both Memory Care and Assisted Living communities can be excellent options for seniors, so what matters is understanding which one is right for you or your loved one.
At Ventana, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) serving Dallas/Fort Worth and the greater Texas area, Members are able to utilize Memory Care or Assisted Living services (among other on-campus health care options).
In this article, we’ll explore the differences between Memory Care and Assisted Living, and how to determine which option best suits your needs.
Assisted Living and Memory Care
Many seniors are familiar with the concept of Assisted Living, where people live in homes with nurses or other professional staff. These professionals provide an array of support services, including meals, personal hygiene, transportation, and assistance with activities.
In Memory Care communities, nurses and professional staff provide many of the same services as in Assisted Living, but Memory Care is different because the staff are specially trained to care for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other memory-related conditions.
At Ventana, Members can choose Assisted Living at The Arbors, which offers personalized, supportive care administered by licensed nurses and experienced caregivers.
Or, Members can benefit from Memory Care at Garden View, where a highly trained Memory Care team provides many services and amenities so Members can live in stress-free environments with independence, autonomy, and dignity.
Why Ventana Offers Both
In short, Ventana provides Members with options for Assisted Living and Memory Care because, though the two are similar, they are not synonymous.
Both Assisted Living and Memory Care offer a number of care services for Members to stay healthy and address daily needs. These services include:
- Meal preparation
- Medication management
- Individualized, 24-hour assistance with daily activities
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Beauty salon and barbershop
- Transportation services
- 24-hour emergency response system
However, because Memory Care is a more distinct form of long-term care, Ventana’s Memory Care services ensure that Members receive special attentiveness to their memory-related conditions.
By providing both types of care, Ventana can meet the needs of all its Members. If Members do not have Alzheimer’s or dementia but do require some assistance at home, Assisted Living at The Arbors is likely a terrific fit.
If Members do have Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or other memory-related conditions, Ventana’s Memory Care at Garden View has the right care, delivered by the right staff, to provide a first-class living environment.
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Ventana’s Memory Care services are part of the CCRC’s comprehensive continuum of care, which includes Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Rehabilitation. These services, combined with a specialized pricing structure, distinguish Ventana as a Life Care CCRC.
By providing this continuum of care, Ventana ensures that Members can receive whatever care they need at any time during their lives — now, or in the future if their health needs change. For example, Members can move in to Ventana’s Independent Living residences, then transition to Assisted Living or Memory Care residences as the need arises.
Memory Care at Garden View
Ventana’s Memory Care amenities and services create the kinds of homes that put seniors with memory-related conditions at ease. Garden View at Ventana offers private, furnished rooms designed for Members with mild-to-moderate dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. Garden View also features bright and modern common spaces, for Member and family enjoyment.
At Garden View at Ventana, Members receive assistance from specially-trained staff who can help minimize stress and help them maintain their independent lifestyle for as long as possible. Garden View provides access to private residences in a protected setting, as well as 24-hour supervised care in a purpose-designed environment.
Additionally, Garden View at Ventana’s Memory Care amenities and services include:
- Staff trained to work with individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and memory loss
- A medical director and registered dietician
- Medication monitoring and administration
- Nutritious meals, freshly prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Common spaces designed to encourage socialization
Garden View’s staff, amenities, and services all combine to create a structured environment with set schedules and routines in place. These — along with safety features and programs designed to cultivate and maintain cognitive skills — help create a stress-free lifestyle for Members. The goal of Garden View’s Memory Care is to help slow the progression of memory-related conditions while helping Members feel a daily sense of purpose and satisfaction.
And, at Ventana, Members’ up-front fees and costs cover a range of health care needs — including Assisted Living and Memory Care. So they don’t have to worry about unpredictable or out-of-control health care costs, and can enjoy peace of mind knowing they’ll receive the exceptional care they deserve.
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At Ventana, we want our Members to feel at ease knowing no matter what level of care they need, they have access to quality care. Should you or your loved one ever experience memory-related conditions, you will be cared for safely, your needs will be adjusted, and you will be treated with dignity and respect.
If you are interested in learning more about Memory Care, Assisted Living, or other services and amenities at Ventana, contact us at 214-234-1035.