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June 23, 2023

Vitalia Stow Debunks Myths Surrounding Memory Care

Category: Dementia Resources

Author: Kaitlynn Holley, Memory Care Director

There are several myths surrounding memory care, the specialized attention for individuals with memory impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. It’s important to debunk these myths to promote a better understanding of memory care by providing accurate information to help families find the right level of care at the right time for their loved ones.

One of these myths is, when moving into a Memory Care Neighborhood, residents lose their independence. That is the last thing we want! Our staff is trained to encourage residents to do what they can on their own and make their own decisions as much as possible. Staff steps in and help the resident with what they are not able to do. Staff spend time learning about the residents, their abilities, and preferences utilizing their Engagement Plan. They can then give the residents the help they need, but not take away their independence.

The Engagement Plans also teach our staff about each individual resident’s likes and dislikes. It tells us about their history, their family, and so much more. Another common myth we hear is that Memory Care Neighborhoods are boring and impersonal. Using these plans, we can create events using what our individual residents like to do. We can also identify residents with common interests and introduce them. We have a monthly calendar full of fun events each day and create wonderful one-on-one personalized interactions with residents as well. There is always something fun to do in our Neighborhoods!  

People of all ages need fun things to do. We all need socialization and purpose. Memory Care Neighborhoods do tend to have mostly older adult residents. The thought they are only for the elderly is yet another myth. Dementia affects more and more younger people every year. These younger adults need the same safe, purposeful, welcoming environment as older residents with dementia.

A fear we often hear from families is that their loved one’s health will decline after moving into a Memory Care Neighborhood. This is completely understandable but is also a myth. While dementia is a progressive disease, with the right environment, people with dementia can lead very fulfilling lives. Our trained staff, structured routine, personalized care and events, and warmth all play a part in creating the right environment for people living with dementia to thrive.

As the Memory Care Director at Vitalia Stow, I hope this information helps provide a better picture of an Arrow Memory Care Neighborhood. It is important to gather accurate data to dispel myths and make informed decisions regarding memory care for yourself or a loved one. Arrow Senior Living Memory Care Neighborhoods are full of life and joy. They are a place where individuals living with dementia can thrive and feel purposeful. Interested in learning more? We invite you to come see for yourself!

VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.

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