As the population ages, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are increasing at a rapid rate. Currently, 10% of the population over 65 has with Alzheimer’s disease while almost 50% for those over 85 are diagnosed with the disease. Today, 5.3 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease and that in 35 years 14 million more will have it. Memory Care Management and Consulting believes the memory care market is under-served and that demand will increase faster than supply.
We believe it is important to understand a person not only as someone who suffers from illness, but also as someone who inhabits healthy parts and personality that remains even though it seems to be hidden by illness. People with dementia are like everyone else – they attach personal meanings to their activities. So when we engage in meaningful activities, then activity becomes therapy. The primary method to slow the further progression of dementia is to create an active life for the individuals with the disease. By keeping them mentally and physically active in congruence with a specifically design diet, the residents will have a more fulfilling life with less effects of the disease.
Early on in the disease, residents can adjust their lifestyle by making notes to supplement memory loss and establishing routines for their medications, location of keys, glasses, dentures and other important items. In this way, Alzheimer’s disease strikes families particularly hard. Considering the complexity of the disease and needs of the residents, it’s not surprising that families turn to professionals for help.
One of the greatest challenges is crafting an operational model that finds a way to service the facility on a reasonable budget while also providing the one on one attention and care to residents they deserve. We have come across many distressed assisted living facilities and underperforming assisted living facilities that struggle to find the right balance.
Memory Care Management and Consulting has designed a model to work with your individual care plans for each resident, thus providing the recreational aide with a specific agenda for each of the patients in his/her case load on a daily basis. This is far more than that provided by the majority of other operators, especially those in underperforming assisted living facilities, and it directly improves quality of life. Savvy assisted living managers and memory care managers, in underperforming assisted living and established facilities alike, can benefit from our researched and vetted memory care consulting model.
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