In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article will discuss exploring Memory Care options. 

If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another related form of dementia, a memory care unit may be just what you and your family are looking for. Memory care units and facilities are appropriate when a person needs specialized and trained caregivers who understand the needs of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other related forms of dementia. 

Some memory care units provide security and safety to prevent residents from wandering away. 

These days you can start your search from home by looking online. Here is a good first place to start: www.MinnesotaHelp.info. If you feel more comfortable speaking with someone, you can call Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433. 

Memory care is a distinct form of long-term care designed to meet the specific needs of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or related forms of dementia. It is important to understand that memory care is specialized skilled nursing care distinct from assisted living. 

There are resources online like checklists with questions to ask when touring facilities, checklists that help guide you through a tour and be vigilant on what to look for. The best advice is to do your research and go prepared with your questions and concerns. This will help you with touring and conversations with housing directors. To get you started try www.agis.com or www.aplaceformom.com. 

Feel free to reach out to Jayne Mund, Caregiver Consultant, for resources on seeking memory care for the person you care for. A Caregiver Consultant can help you with assessing needs and know when it’s the right time for other supportive housing or how to create a plan that can keep the person you are caring for at home a little longer. Caregiving Consulting can help make sense of a process that can feel over whelming. They have resources at their finger tips to assist you.  

Take advantage of the support and resources available to you and your family so you can live life to the fullest. 

For information about local resources to assist you in next steps after a diagnosis, contact Jayne Mund at 763-689-8811.

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