As stated above, while we see the first changes in memory for a person with Dementia, the brain damage inherent in the process affects the body, too. Seniors with dementia need help, eventually, with most of the Activities of Daily Living, including walking, showering, and eating. Because Assisted Living communities are set up to help with these ADLs, they are a logical and supportive place to help people with Dementia. Many Long Island Assisted Living communities have special sections for people with Dementia, in fact. The communities care for the physical needs of people with Dementia, and they provide this care in a special, secured section of the Assisted community. The staff in these “Memory” areas of the building receive special training to support and comfort those with Dementia, while also meeting their ADLs. There are also several free-standing Dementia Assisted Living communities, including those managed by Artis Senior Living, The Bristal, and The W Group's Harbor House.
Memory Care communities, whether free standing or part of a larger Assisted Living building, provide 24-hour supervision to those who need frequent redirecting or who may wander (leave the building looking for a place or person in their imagination). The professional caregivers are specially trained to deal with issues related to Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. The physical layout of the dementia unit or building is typically quite simple, allowing the person with dementia to walk about freely between activities if they wish. In dementia care, the goal of each day is quite straightforward - a peaceful, happy day. Activities are simple and are designed for the resident with dementia to be successful. They are encouraged to interact with the staff and each other, and residents are helped to reminisce, to find pleasant memories to call upon and enjoy.