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Tuesday, Jun. 27th 2017

Senior Memory Care: Qualify of Life in Later Years

When it comes to senior memory care, specifically “quality of life”, has become an important factor. Individuals with cognitive impairment, their family members, and their care providers all agree that “quality of life” is affected more than anything else. The inability of a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia to perform the normal activities of daily living can be frustrating. The senior memory care providers at Clover Care Homes have witnessed, first-hand, the impact of an individual’s ability (or inability) to access, process, or remember information. Often, cognitive impairment causes an individual to lose the ability to engage in enjoyable activities or experience difficulty when performing routine tasks, such as: bathing, getting dressed, feeding themselves, or going to the bathroom unassisted. Senior memory care providers see an increase in depression when there is a decrease in an elderly patient’s quality of daily living. 

Caregivers at senior memory care facilities have long recognized the need for patient involvement in meaningful activity, especially for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Senior memory care patients who actively participate exhibit a renewed sense of efficiency, a reduction in depression, and improved relationships with family members. Clover Care Homes caregivers have seen progress in senior memory care management by the use of behavioral therapy intervention. Our caregivers utilize special skills and strategies to increase our residents involvement in meaningful activities, resulting in significant improvement in morale.

Recent studies by independent investigators, using a variety of measures, have provided clinicians and researchers with valuable information regarding the correlation  between patient disposition and perception of quality of life. This information is beneficial for the person with dementia and their family. Possibly of great benefit to the senior memory care providers as a care program focused on quality of life has a positive effect on the senior’s mood, engagement, as well as physical and cognitive functions. The overlap is obvious: positive mood and engagement in pleasant activities are essential features of good quality of life for individuals with dementia.

When your family member with cognitive disabilities begins the decline, Clover Care Homes is here to provide the finest senior memory care and quality of life.

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