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What Is the Discovery Neighborhood at Our Community?

Living with dementia — whether you’re newly diagnosed or just beginning to notice a decline after years of stability — can feel daunting. Arbor’s Discovery Neighborhood offers a bridge between assisted living and dementia care, serving people living with dementia and continually meeting their changing needs. Discovery caters to seniors with moderate to advanced dementia who need help with most activities of daily living. If you wonder whether this community could be a good fit for you, here’s what you need to know.

What Is the Discovery Neighborhood?

Dementia is not a single disease. Instead, it’s a group of progessive conditions that slowly undermine cognition and eventually make it difficult for the brain to control the body. No two people with dementia are exactly alike, even if they have the same diagnosis. A person early in a Lewy body dementia diagnosis, for example, may still be fully independent. But later in the course of the disease, they may need help with most activities. As the disease progresses further, they may need 24/7 assistance.

The Discovery Neighborhood is designed with the ever-shifting needs of dementia in mind. It caters to people with moderate to advanced dementia, offering help with activities of daily living, as well as dementia-friendly activities that help ground a person living with dementia in reality without causing stress or emotional pain.

How Dementia Care Improves Lives 

Many families are concerned about the costs of dementia care, or fear that a loved one will be less happy in a dementia care community. The truth is that for people who need consistent daily care, a dementia care community is usually a more affordable option than in-home care. Here are just a few ways dementia care can improve your life:

  • It keeps seniors safe without needlessly restricting them.
  • It provides seniors with a ready-made supportive community, rather than forcing them to live in isolation at home.
  • It provides quality care for seniors in a comfortable, homey setting.
  • It is often covered by Medicaid and long-term care insurance.
  • It keeps seniors mentally and physically active, improving their quality of life.

It reduces caregiver burnout so that caregivers can enjoy their relationship with a senior, rather than feeling constant pressure to make care decisions.

Is the Discovery Neighborhood a Good Fit for Me?

If you think dementia care or the Discovery Neighborhood might be a good fit for you or a loved one, we’d love to talk to you about your options. Try asking yourself these questions. If you answer yes to a few, Discovery might be the best option for improving your entire family’s quality of life:

  • Does your family have trouble paying for in-home care?
  • Is there ongoing family conflict about who cares for your loved one and when?
  • Does your loved one have problem behaviors, such as wandering or aggression?
  • Does your loved one seem bored or lonely at home?
  • Is your loved one struggling with incontinence?
  • Is your current home too big or too unsafe for a person living with dementia? 
  • Do you want your loved one to have more freedom and more meaningful activities?
  • Do you want to ensure your loved one can access quality care as their needs change?
  • Does your loved one need help with all or most activities of daily living, such as dressing or bathing?
  • Has your loved one recently suffered a fall?

Dementia can change a great deal about your life, but it doesn’t have to mark the end of a meaningful, fulfilling existence. Millions of seniors live full lives even with cognitive impairments. At Arbor, we’re revolutionizing dementia care and ditching one-size-fits-all approaches. Want to learn more about living a great life with dementia? Download our free guide, “Living Well with Dementia.”

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Kellyn May

About the Author: Kellyn May

"I’ve dedicated my career to senior care by providing comfort, education and support to families with aging relatives. I completed my Bachelors at Virginia Tech in Human Development and my Masters at George Mason University in Senior Housing Administration. I spend my time outside of the office with my husband, daughter and my dog, Truffles. I can talk all things DC sports and Beauty and the Beast."

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