In recent years, there has been a noticeable trend among individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). These individuals are choosing assisted living as their preferred living arrangement. While mild cognitive impairment does not severely impact daily functioning, it is often considered a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This shift in preference towards assisted living communities is driven by a variety of factors. Chiefly the factors are worries of families and services an assisted living community offers: specialized care, enhanced safety, social engagement opportunities, and peace of mind.
1. Compassionate Care
Assisted living communities are well-equipped to cater to the unique needs of individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Trained professionals can provide personalized care plans, including assistance with medication management, meal preparation, and activities of daily living. Staff members are experienced in memory care who understand the challenges associated with mild cognitive impairment. Therefore, compassionate aides offer the necessary support to help residents maintain their independence and quality of life as long as possible. In fact, all of Forestview’s caregivers are regularly trained as part of the AspireCare lifestyle and therapy program.
Safety is a significant concern for those living with mild cognitive impairment, as they may experience memory lapses or confusion that could lead to accidents. Consequently, they may forget to take their medications on time, not eat healthy meals, and may neglect hydration. Assisted living communities offer a secure environment with measures such as secure entrances, 24/7 monitoring, and emergency response systems. These safety features provide peace of mind to both individuals with MCI and their families, and they ensure that help is readily available if needed.
3. Socialization and Engagement
Isolation and loneliness can worsen cognitive decline. Assisted living communities promote age-appropriate social interaction and engagement through organized activities, outings, and communal spaces. Engaging in stimulating conversations, participating in hobbies, and being part of a supportive community can slow down the disease progression. Furthermore, all of these opportunities also enhance overall well-being. Joining a community while still at the earlier stages of memory loss can form lasting friendships with the other residents, which is a comfort to all.
4. Peace of Mind
Choosing assisted living for individuals with MCI offers peace of mind to both the residents and their families. Knowing that their family is in a secure environment with access to appropriate care alleviates the stresses associated with managing MCI at home. Instead, families can focus on cherishing their relationships and spending quality time together.
5. Customized Support
The decision to move to an assisted living facility for individuals with mild cognitive impairment is driven by the desire for care and engagement unique to the individual. At Forestview Manor we know one size does not fit all seniors with a range of memory issues. We proudly offer our Maplewood Manor, which is specifically designed to give the moderate support that people on the earlier side of memory loss enjoy. At Maplewood, they reside in a homelike environment with enough freedom to fully embrace the new lifestyle.
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