Family members who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory illness understand all too well the stress and anxiety that comes from providing quality care for their loved one. Early on in the disease it may be possible for your loved one to live safely on their own or with a caregiver. But since these cognitive diseases are progressive, your loved one will start requiring more and more care … which you or another caregiver may not be able to handle.
“More than 15 million people in the United States are caregivers for a loved one with some form of dementia,” says Nat Grim, Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee. “While this work is certainly a labor of love, it is frustrating and difficult. Family caregivers have to juggle their own responsibilities, plus the responsibilities of caring for their loved one, plus all the emotions and issues that arise because of it.”
Family caregivers are generally not professional caregivers, which adds another layer of complexity onto an already difficult situation. “People with dementias like Alzheimer’s disease have very unique needs that can progress slowly or quickly, and if you haven’t been trained to deal with these radical changes, your loved one may not be getting the best care, no matter how good your intentions are.”
That’s where a memory care community like Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee can be a benefit for seniors with dementia and provide peace of mind for family members. Although it’s natural to not want to put Mom or Dad in a “home,” Grim says that these communities actually enable, empower and enrich the lives of their residents.
“Memory care has moved from a standardized approach to person-centered care, which allows staff to provide assistance based on the individual’s wants, needs, desires and personal history,” says Grim. “At Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee, everything we do is designed to promote dignity, fulfillment and joy through all stages of memory loss.”
Here are just some ways that memory care communities like Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee provide family members with peace of mind.
It improves quality of life for seniors.
It’s not uncommon, when seniors with dementia move to a memory care community like Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee, for symptoms of the disease to stabilize and sometimes lessen. Families have reported their loved ones looking healthier, requiring less medication, having fewer hospital visits and infections, having an improved appetite and a healthy weight. What causes this shift? Grim says that it’s due to the fact that the senior with dementia is surrounded 24/7 by professional caregivers in a community designed specifically to accommodate their unique needs.
It helps seniors live as independently as they are able.
The ultimate goal of memory care isn’t simply to manage the symptoms of dementia. At Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee, our ultimate goal is to provide our residents with the assistance they need while honoring their remaining skills and abilities. By assisting residents where they need it – bathing, grooming, mobility and more – family members no longer have to worry about their loved one performing the tasks of daily life that they’re not able to manage. No matter what stage of dementia your loved one may be in, Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee can meet their needs. Every day, our residents enjoy fulfilling programming designed to promote dignity, joy and fulfillment.
It provides an active social life.
It’s easy for individuals with dementia to become isolated when living on their own or with a family caregiver. Isolation leads to boredom, loneliness and depression, all of which can exacerbate symptoms of dementia. At Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee, making friends is as easy as walking down to the dining hall or attending a fun activity. Our innovative programming includes sensory therapies like art, massage, pet therapies, aromatherapy and so much more. Each resident receives a personalized care plan including brain games and activities to help stimulate their minds – all in a fun, social way.
It’s a safe environment.
Ask any family member their biggest concern for their loved one with dementia, and they’ll probably answer “safety.” That’s our concern, too – which is why Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee has been designed specifically to address the needs of individuals with memory loss. Everything about our comfortable environment has been designed to enhance quality of life, reduce confusion and anxiety and promote confidence in our residents. Our professional staff is available and on-call around-the-clock, so help is never more than a few seconds away. Entrances and exits to the community are secured and staffed by security guards so that there’s no chance our residents could accidentally wander away from the community.
It provides help for family members, too.
Memory loss isn’t a singular journey. We understand that it touches the lives of everyone in your family. Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee is dedicated to providing assistance to family members in order to help them renew and restore their relationships with their loved one, as well as gain understanding about the disease. We provide caregiving support, monthly support groups and other resources for family members, as well as members of the community who are caregiving on their own.
Peace of mind is a beautiful thing, and it may seem hard to come by if you’re caring for a loved one with dementia. Memory care communities like Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee understand what you’re going through, and are here to help you and your loved one through this journey. It is our honor to serve our residents, and every day we strive to reinforce their individual strengths to provide them with heightened self-esteem and confidence … and comfort for their loved ones.
Peace of Mind for Cape Cod Seniors and Their Families
Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee provides assisted living memory care that is comfortable, positive, safe and engaging. Exclusively dedicated to caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia or memory impairment, we’ve created a wellness-focused lifestyle that promotes dignity and individual preferences. Our memory care professionals receive specialized and ongoing training designed to help residents maximize their independence in a secure, calm environment – making a truly positive impact on the lives of our residents each and every day.
Age in Place
While many memory care assisted living communities are unable to care for those whose memory loss has progressed, Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee can continue to provide a home and care no matter the stage. Our age in place philosophy helps residents avoid the stress often associated with moving to another community and offers peace of mind to their families. Perhaps the best benefit, your loved one remains in the care of those they’ve grown to know and trust.
Supportive, Engaging Services
At Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee, we offer a program of care and services that celebrates life and supports individual strengths. Our compassionate and engaging approach adapts to the unique challenges and individuality of each resident. No matter what stage of memory loss a resident may be experiencing, families can be sure their loved one will receive a full array of services and a high level of personalized attention.
Call us today at 508.477.0043 to learn more or about Bridges® by EPOCH at Mashpee or to schedule a personal tour.