Memory Care is specifically designed to provide 24-hour supervision to those who need frequent redirecting or may wander. The 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 simple – 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.
Depending on the cause of the dementia, the person’s physical body is often affected, as well as their mind. When the brain becomes damaged by a particular disease process like Alzheimer’s, for example, or Parkinson’s, ambulation, speech, continence, and other daily functions are often affected. Keeping this eventuality in mind, most Memory units also spend a great deal of time on physical needs. The mind controls the central nervous system and hence the body, and Memory units typically assume that residents with dementia will eventually need a full and intense range of physical services, too.