Currently, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. When a senior loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it is important to take time to process your feelings and understand what to expect. After the initial adjustment, however, you’ll likely want to start looking for support for your loved one.
There are plenty of dementia care options available, and although it may be comforting to know you don’t have to face this change alone, the plethora of choices can also create more confusion in an already stressful time and raise additional questions: How much help does my loved one need? Is in-home care or a dementia care community more appropriate? How can I find the best dementia care community for my loved one?
If you’ve arrived at the last question, this post is for you. The Arbor Company team has more than 30 years of experience taking exceptional care of our residents, and although you have many options for dementia care in Greenville, we at The Gardens at Eastside are proud to offer the best of the best. Here are just some of the ways our dementia care rises above the rest.
Enhanced Safety and Security
As we age, we are all at an increased risk of falling or otherwise injuring ourselves. This is a concern for any older adult, but the risk is much greater for those who are living with dementia. One of the primary symptoms of memory loss is confusion, so it is important that your loved one live in as secure and predictable an environment as possible.
At The Gardens, our dementia care residents live in a particular neighborhood that is specially designed with these concerns in mind. Exits and entries to this neighborhood are carefully monitored at all times to ensure that residents don’t accidentally wander out and unauthorized people don’t wander in. Additionally, the apartments in this neighborhood are equipped with large bathrooms outfitted with safety grab bars, and there are easily accessible emergency call systems in living areas and bathrooms.
Specially Trained Staff
Most dementia care communities follow federal and state requirements regarding staff training. But our staff members at The Gardens go above and beyond. Each person who works with our dementia care neighborhood is specially trained to understand the progression of memory disorders and to care for those with memory impairments. And because they care deeply about our residents, they continually pursue specialty training and continuing education opportunities to stay knowledgeable about recent developments in dementia care as well as any new treatments or therapies.
Having specially trained staff in-house allows The Gardens to design unique individual care plans for each resident and ensure that each plan is carried out on a daily basis so that our residents are always as comfortable and cared for as possible. These care plans include medication supervision and personalized assistance with daily tasks.
Appropriate and Engaging Activities
Despite plenty of research-based evidence that social engagement is highly beneficial for older adults with dementia, some senior living communities and nursing homes unfortunately fail to provide adequate interaction between residents. But at all of our Arbor communities, we take care to emphasize connections between residents and to provide a full calendar of engaging activities. These include game nights and book clubs, outdoor hobbies such as gardening, and even daily dining experiences; our dining facilities ensure a social and dignified experience for all, and our outstanding chefs can accommodate any special dietary needs.
In addition to the above, our Discovery program is designed just for residents of our dementia care neighborhood. Through this program, we offer structured daily activities just for residents with dementia to ensure that their social needs are being met in ways that are appropriate for their level of cognitive and sensory ability.
Life at The Gardens
Finding appropriate dementia care in Greenville following a dementia diagnosis can be stressful and confusing. We’re here to help your family navigate this life transition as smoothly as possible. Read more about the high quality of care you can expect from The Gardens at Eastside in our brochure. Then, when you’re ready, we’d be happy to chat about your loved one’s needs and how we can meet them.