If your loved one is living with memory loss due to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or another form of dementia, you’re likely already acting as their caretaker. Before stretching yourself too thin, consider how data-based memory care can be a resource for your family.
This approach to Alzheimer’s care opens soon in Lancaster, CA, at The Havens at Antelope Valley.
When to Consider Memory Care in the Lancaster Area
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.”
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect everyone differently, but it may be time to find alternative care if:
- Accidents are becoming more commonplace.
- Wandering is a serious concern.
- You don’t have enough time to dedicate to proper supervision.
- They’re not receiving adequate nutrition.
Finding care is a personal journey, but if the support you and your family can give is creating financial stress, emotional strain, or caregiver burnout, you’re likely ready to begin exploring other options.
What Are Your Alzheimer’s Care options?
- In-home caregivers
- Adult day center
- Long-term care
Cost: $4,323 to $5,529 per month*
Hiring a full-time in-home caregiver can help offset supervision and support duties while allowing your loved one to live in a familiar environment.
Companion services can provide supervision and activities, while personal care services assist with activities of daily living. Homemaker services provide meal preparation and household chores, while skilled care focuses on medical services carried out by a licensed health professional.
Adult Day Centers
Cost: $1,668 per month
Adult day centers provide socialization, meals, and activities but may not accept later-stage dementia patients. You’ll need to coordinate a supervised form of transportation to and from the centers to prevent wandering.
Cost: $8,060 to $10,570*
Long-term care comes in many forms, most commonly thought of as a nursing home. Nursing homes can provide care for memory loss but are beneficial for people with chronic conditions who require skilled nursing medical care. If your loved one does not require additional medical services, memory care is an option you may want to explore.
*Cost figures are taken from the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, Los Angeles Area.
Find Memory Care in Lancaster, CA
The Havens at Antelope Valley provides assisted living services to people experiencing a form of dementia in northern Los Angeles county. In our community, memory care is a form of assisted living that includes the mind-enriching Connections Program.
The dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia care neighborhood at The Havens at Antelope Valley offers a secure and calming environment for your loved one to live an honorable and independent lifestyle. They will benefit from:
- An individualized care plan
- Activities of daily living assistance
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- Scheduled transportation
- Brain-healthy meals
According to Caring.com, Lancaster is a cost-effective solution for memory care in California.
The Connections Program
Emphasis on socialization and engaging activities are something your loved one may not have access to with in-home care or in a nursing home. The Connections Program by Pegasus Senior Living is rooted in data-based evidence and experience.
Senior Health and Wellness Consultant Dr. Sandra Petersen lost mobility in the left side of her body and experienced memory loss following a stroke.
Through exploring new body movements and brain challenges, she regained mobility and memory by working with brain health specialists, who encouraged a process called neuroplasticity.
The idea of creating new neural pathways and connections around the damaged sections of the brain is not a new idea for stroke patients. Still, it did inspire Dr. Petersen to explore its effects on people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
How Connections Slows Memory Loss
Dr. Petersen took up ballroom dancing and made strides at learning to speak Spanish to complete her recovery. Utilizing repetitive movements and brain challenges is how The Havens at Antelope Valley works with your loved one to slow memory loss and add purpose to their life.
The Connections Philosophy
Researchers widely support physical exercise as a way to increase brain function throughout life. Our memory care offers:
- Walking club
- Chair yoga
- Fitness class
Engage the Emotions
Some people living with a form of memory loss may have a hard time communicating their feelings. We utilize creative pursuits and help from furry friends to build emotional connections with:
Our daily tasks create connections between team members and residents. Forming new bonds helps your loved one establish a sense of community through experiences like:
Challenge the Brain
The brain is not a muscle, but strengthening the vital organ is essential for growing new connection pathways. Let your loved one enjoy:
Find Alzheimer’s Care in Antelope Valley, CA
Contact The Havens at Antelope Valley in Lancaster, CA, to learn more about our dedicated memory care neighborhood and the Connections Program. We look forward to being a resource in your journey of honoring your loved one.