Services in Alzheimer’s Care Communities
Although many Assisted Living communities and Nursing
Homes cater to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other related memory disorders
or dementia, there is a growing trend towards facilities that provide specialized
care and housing tailored to the special needs of individuals with this disease.
These facilities offer care that fosters residents' individual skills and interests
in an environment that helps to diminish confusion and agitation. Specialty services
are provided in a secure environment, such as activity programs designed to include
reality orientation classes and specially trained professional staff skilled in
handling the behavior associated with memory impairments. Many facilities that specialize
in Alzheimer's or related dementia disorders have building design features that
assist with the problems associated with this disease: color-coded hallways, visual
cues, and secure wandering paths for additional security.
Personal Care and Healthcare in Alzheimer’s Care Facilities
Similar to Assisted Living communities, most provide assistance
with dressing, grooming, bathing, and other daily activities. Assistance with medications
differs according to state regulations. Meals, laundry and housekeeping are usually
provided within private and semi-private rooms in a residential type setting.