A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can send a family into a tailspin. In addition to the emotional weight of the new diagnosis, family members and the older adult often carry the burden of planning for the future with a more pressing timeline than before. Because dementia is a progressive condition, family members must ensure they have a plan of action to keep their loved one safe, healthy, and happy for the years to come. Researching dementia care in Atlanta is an excellent first step after a diagnosis, even if you are not quite ready to make a commitment to it.
Here are a few considerations to keep in mind as you research dementia care options throughout the Atlanta area. Remember, finding the right dementia care community for your situation takes some time. If you’re able to make your choice before a crisis situation, you will feel more confident and less rushed during the process.
Benefits of Dementia Care
Dementia care communities are designed especially for adults who are living with cognitive decline. These cozy, home-like communities feature an environment built for safety and success. Thanks to enriching activities and personalized interventions, dementia care communities offer residents benefits that can include:
- Increased feelings of connectedness and belonging
- Decreased feelings of sadness, depression, or anxiety
- Better personal hygiene thanks to attentive caregivers who assist with tasks
- Decreased risk of nutritional deficits
- Quick response in case of emergency
- Personalized care plans that coordinate healthcare
- Decreased risk of medication errors thanks to medication management services
- More friends and opportunities to be social with peers
Where to Start Your Search
If you or your loved one has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, you can begin to narrow down your choices of senior living communities based on those that offer specialized dementia care services. When you have your list of dementia care offerings, you can further pare down your list based on location.
As with any real estate investment, location can help you make a better decision. Look for a dementia care community that is in a favorite neighborhood or makes family visits more convenient. You have a variety of options in the greater Atlanta area, from communities tucked into favorite urban neighborhoods to those that are more suburban.
After you select a location, you can begin touring dementia care communities within that desired radius. Not all dementia care communities are created equal, and you’ll notice that there is a definite difference between exceptional communities and average ones. To choose one that features exceptional care, here are a few observations to make while on your tour:
- Are residents well groomed, and do they seem genuinely happy?
- Do staff members interact with residents? Do they seem to have a positive relationship with one another?
- Does the community feel calm and peaceful?
- Are there activities and events happening in small groups, large groups, and individually?
- Are family members invited to attend events and visit often?
- Are residents offered choices for meals? Is the dining room pleasantly bustling with social activity?
The Arbor Difference
At Arbor Terrace at Cascade, we take pride in our dementia care services. Our specialized Evergreen memory care neighborhood features staff members who are trained in the dementia disease process as well as best practices for personalized interventions. We encourage our team members to get to know our residents and forge meaningful relationships, which we call deep connections. Caregivers and other team members learn all about each resident, including their likes and dislikes, past history, and challenges. Then, we use that information to develop personalized experiences as well as delight them with surprises we plan just for them.
Here, our approach is focused on dementia best practices and exceptional care. But there’s more to our Evergreen neighborhood than that. Our award-winning Dining with Dignity® program ensures everyone has a delicious meal in a dignified setting. Our busy Life Enrichment department creates events, activities, and trips for residents to enjoy.
Life is happy here, and our lifestyle is unmatched.
Learn more about how to choose a dementia care community, as well as other things to consider as you advocate for your loved one by downloading our free resource, “The Caregiver’s Complete Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.” Then, call the experienced team at Arbor Terrace at Cascade to get your specific questions answered. We’d love to help.