Alzheimer’s – A Resident Directed Approach

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s and dementia can be time-consuming and often requires additional resources and support. It is not always easy to know when a loved one is ready to make that transition. The early onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia can take years to fully unfold, or in some cases instances of the disease can start happening overnight, making it hard to prepare for what is to come.  As a family member, you are not only dealing with its effect on you and your family, but you are also faced with how to best care for your loved one.

The most important decision when preparing is one that makes them comfortable, while also providing the best care possible.

Knowing what is available to you is the best way to ensure you are getting quality care.   For people who can complete daily tasks but may be confused, forgetful or show signs of memory loss (known as mild cognitive impairment, MCI), Spectrum Retirement communities offers a step between Assisted Living and Memory Care. This Transitional Memory Care Program™—called The Residence Club™—provides extra care and stimulation while helping your parent maintain independence. In this seven-day-a-week program, which is limited to 12 people, you get everything included in Assisted Living, plus structured activities, social interaction, dedicated staff and weekly updates.   We also offer full Memory Care for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Called The Path to the Present® Resident-Directed Program, our services keep your parent engaged and safe 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It recognizes your parent’s abilities and preferences, and supports him or her in doing as much self-care as possible. Rather than asking your parent to conform to our environment, we’ve created a living environment that conforms to people with dementia. Our team receives specialized ongoing training in working with people with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, so your parent gets the highest-quality dementia care. To ensure the right level of care, they provide:

  • an introductory assessment when he or she arrives.
  • follow ups every three months.
  • a Life Enrichment Coordinator to plan meaningful individual and group activities.

Spectrum Retirement Communities offers two communities in Indiana – Carmel Senior Living in Carmel and Meadow Brook Senior Living in Fishers. Both are residential care communities offering a continuum of care with assisted living, transitional memory care and Alzheimer’s/memory care services. With our continuum of care, programs are designed to meet health and housing requirements as needs change over time, while also offering much more.   Recently opened, our communities offer the luxury of a happy, healthy life without worrying about daily maintenance, housekeeping, cooking, transportation and socialization. Some of the added benefits also include:

  • month-to-Month agreement, no buy-in fees.
  • 60-day money back guarantee.
  • wide variety of menu choices and anytime dining with our At Your Service® Dining.
  • extensive and unique activity programming.
  • on-site therapies and wellness center with Technogym state-of-the-art fitness and rehabilitation equipment.
  • weekly linen and laundry service.

A great way to introduce your parents to the thought of a senior living community is to stop by a free and fun event! You’ll be able to see what the community atmosphere is like on an everyday basis in a low-maintenance and hassle-free way.   To view upcoming events at both Meadow Brook Senior Living and Carmel Senior Living, please visit our website

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