If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, you may be looking into professional memory care that supports these conditions. One option is Tapestries Memory Care at UMC The Shores. This program focuses on understanding the complexity of each individual and empowering people rather than just treating their symptoms. The five principles guiding Tapestries Memory Care are to provide comfort, to know and understand the person in care, to anticipate their needs, to treat the person rather than the condition, and to empower our memory care specialists to provide the highest standard of care. Here’s more of what makes our service stand out from the crowd:
Care that focuses on the individual
Individual people are far more complex and unique than their health condition, and every person in our care is treated and assisted based on their needs. For example, rather than forcing a routine, we allow people to sleep when they are tired, offer activities when they are alert, find meals they enjoy, and set meal times based on when they like to eat, all while managing their symptoms accordingly. No one falls into a general “one-size-fits all” category – instead, care is tailored to what they require and prefer, so your loved one can self-direct their care. We understand that every senior values their independence, and would like to help them retain it – in whatever way possible.
Abundant, certified staff-to-person ratio
The Tapestries Memory Care team includes LETS (Life Enrichment Team Specialists) that are available to Tapestries residents 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Each specialist has been specifically trained to care for people with neurocognitive disorders and related dementias, with extensive and ongoing training. We ensure a high staff-to-person ratio, making sure that each person has access to a Life Enrichment Team Specialist whenever they require.
The Tapestries Memory Care neighborhood is designed to be home-like, comfortable, and suitable for people with dementia conditions. It’s customized beyond what most memory care services offer, with common open spaces to congregate, large activity areas for arts and crafts, and one-bedroom, dementia-safe apartments for each resident. By combining personalized individual spaces with secure residential common areas and gardens, people can find an easy balance between private time and socializing. This homey atmosphere also ensures that people in care have certified care providers on hand at all times, with the director’s office and consultation rooms included in the space. This creates a wonderful environment where care and medical needs are met while giving residents the feeling of being in a welcoming ‘normal’ home.
Let’s not forget the effect dementia has on an entire family. As part of our holistic approach to care, we do all we can to support families as the health needs of their loved ones progress. We understand how mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging this process is for everyone involved, and work to provide you with spiritual support and mindset counseling.
Tapestries Memory Care at The Shores isn’t your average memory care program. With a core philosophy, team, and environment that creates exceptional, person-driven care for people with dementia and their loved ones, we work to set the standard for what care should be.
To find out more about our specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia support, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/theshores/
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