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Luxury memory care combines compassionate daily support with a safe environment, delicious meals, a beautiful setting, and plenty to do. Unlike some beach towns, Amelia Island benefits from coastal sea breezes that keep temperatures cooler during the hot summer months. Winters are mild, making Amelia Island the perfect spot for seniors with winter joint pain, lovers of the outdoors, and those who love the beach, but hate oppressive heat.

Dementia can be exhausting for both seniors and caregivers. Seniors with dementia may feel anxious, depressed, confused, and uncertain about their future. Caregivers can suffer from burnout and exhaustion, leading to guilt, frustration, and even depression. Luxury memory care is a potent antidote that improves seniors’ quality of life while supporting caregivers.

Here’s how to find the best luxury memory care on Amelia Island, Florida.

Know What You Need

If you’re considering memory care, it’s probably because you know that your loved one needs more than you can offer. To choose the right care community, you need a specific understanding of your loved one’s needs. So make a list. Some questions that can guide that process include:

  • What is your loved one’s diagnosis and prognosis?
  • How does your loved one’s personality influence their needs? Do they fear abandonment? Crave alone time? Worry about loss of independence?
  • What does your loved one most enjoy doing?
  • What are your biggest safety and wellness concerns, and what would help allay them?
  • Is location important? How much time would you have to spend driving to and from a potential memory care community?

Get Recommendations and Referrals

As with most things in life, the people who love and know you are well-equipped to recommend the perfect memory care community. Talk to people whose loved ones are in senior living communities at which they are happy. Get their advice, feedback, and referrals.

If you don’t have loved ones who can help, widen the circle to include your loved one’s doctor and other care providers. Fernandina Beach Senior Services is also an excellent repository of information about senior care and other senior health issues.

It’s also helpful to spend some time sleuthing online. Read Facebook pages and websites, and consider joining online support groups. You’ll gain more insight into local communities, and have a chance to assess each community’s culture and overall feel before visiting.

Compare Communities

Your loved one will spend the rest of their life in a memory care community, so it’s important not to rush the decision. Spend time touring each community—more than once if you feel you need more information. Take your loved one with you, and encourage them to ask questions and express their concerns. As you tour, some questions to consider include:

  • Does this community feel safe and inviting?
  • Do residents seem happy?
  • How is the food?
  • Is the staff willing to answer questions and allay any concerns?
  • Is the building clean and cheerful? How do the bathrooms smell?

Ask a staff member to give a tour. This is a great chance to ask any questions. Some good queries to present include:

  • What activities can my loved one participate in each day?
  • Do you offer special events or community outings?
  • What specific steps do you take to ensure each resident is safe?
  • How will my loved one’s care change as their needs change?
  • Is your staffed trained in the management of dementia? Do they have experience with the type of dementia my loved one has?
  • What is the staff-to-resident ratio?
  • How do you manage problem behaviors like wandering or aggression?
  • What do you do to ease anxiety and aggression?
  • How do you encourage residents to become more social and participate in group activities?

Consider chatting with residents while you're there, and ask to see an apartment. When the tour is over, take some time to decompress. Then jot down first impressions and narrow down your list. The best communities should stand out above the rest, offering both exceptional care and a wide range of meaningful activities.

The Arbor Company’s Amelia Island community, The Lakeside at Amelia Island, offers a gorgeous home for seniors with memory and cognitive impairments. We believe that dementia is just another variation of the human experience, and does not have to mark the end of a meaningful life. Let us help you find the right care for your loved one. Give us a call or stop by today And put our experience to work for your family.

Melissa Sloper

About the Author: Melissa Sloper

Melissa has 20 years of Senior Living Experience and a background in education. She has managed many Senior Living Communities on the East and West Coast as a Divisional Director of Operations before joining The Arbor Company. Melissa is dedicated to coaching and mentoring high quality teams. She is passionate about serving seniors. Recently Melissa and her family relocated from Washington State, trading in their rain coats for suntan lotion to join the team on Amelia Island.