Q: Should those with memory impairment be trusted to make decisions for themselves?
A: It is important that those suffering from memory loss remain engaged and productive. As long as they are able, they should be empowered to make decisions and do the activities they’ve always done even if they need more help to accomplish those tasks. They should not be defined by the disease but instead by who they are as human beings.
Q: Looking at care communities for my loved one is overwhelming. What is most important to think about?
A: Focus on the quality of life your loved one will have and the spaces they will be living in. What things they will see and interact with every day? Glamorous decorations may appeal to you but are they functional to your loved one? How much freedom will they have? Will it feel like home or like a facility? Care technology can be very helpful, but it can also be very agitating to those with memory loss. Ensure that in-room technology does not remove the human element of the care your loved one needs. There is no replacement for in-person human care, especially for those with dementia.
Q: Should I choose a memory care community closest to where I live?
A: Choose the community that will give your loved one the independence and a sense of purpose they need, with the safety and peace of mind that you need—even if it takes you a bit longer to get there.
As we look back over our lives, it’s our experiences that define who we are. While memories fade, the core of our identity and our passions remain. The Artis Way of care is based on that philosophy. Our residents receive individualized care defined by who they are as human beings.