Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are serious conditions for the 5.5 million Americans that suffer from them; a figure that the Alzheimer’s Association expects to increase to 7.1 million by 2025.
As our awareness and understanding of dementia continues to rise, there has also been a revolution in the approaches and treatments that are available to those it affects. For example, as noted by the Alzheimer’s Association, not every senior with dementia needs the same level or same type of care. In particular, 15-20 percent of people age 65 or older have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is when cognitive changes are noticeable, but the condition is not severe enough to impede daily life.
This means that these seniors do not necessarily need the comprehensive care that others require, but rather an “in-between” level of care that could include a senior living community with some daily assistance. Put another way, providing more care than a senior may need could be not only more expensive, but also belittling. Meanwhile, not enough care can be dangerous.
The Bridges Program
With seniors that may need dementia care in the Chantilly area in mind, Arbor Terrace Fairfax, a member of the nationally operating Arbor Company, have developed an innovative type of senior living called the Bridges program.
For seniors in the early stages of memory loss or dementia, identifying the right type of treatment can be difficult. Because every person and type of dementia is unique, the interventions and care plans that afford each person the highest quality of life possible can be very different. The Bridges program is customized for each individual senior to ease the transition from independent or assisted living as symptoms allow and maintain as much independence as possible.
Every step of the way, there will be support from dementia care clinicians and cognitive support focused on memory loss, providing a nice blend of the independence of assisted living with the tailored structure and security that’s determined by each senior’s specific needs. At the same time, residents will be around the friends and staff that they already know and like, which can help to reduce the stress of what would otherwise be a move to a different place to provide care.
The Benefits of Bridging the Gap
While seniors are getting the care and level of independence that they need, families are also able to save money when compared to the costs of a more comprehensive and restrictive environment. This way, families can set those funds aside for when more comprehensive dementia care is needed.
Residents in the Bridges program will also enjoy many other features of the Arbor Terrace community in Chantilly. Bridges residents will also find:
- Opportunities to build relationships and share a community with peers who are at similar stages of memory loss
- A high-sensory environment that can reduce boredom and stress
- Support that is tailored to each senior’s specific needs
- Many activities designed for each type of capability and need
In choosing to participate in the Bridges program, seniors can be busy, happy, healthy, and engaged, helping to reduce stress for them and their families. At the same time, the Arbor team can help families to anticipate financial issues and prepare for the future.
The Bridges program strengthens Arbor Terrace’s commitment to the Fairfax community’s seniors and families. And because deciding on the best type of treatment for a loved one can be overwhelming, the Arbor team is here to help. For more information about the program, support in making the right choice, or to schedule a tour, you can contact the team here.