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Finding a Senior Memory Care Facility for Your Loved One

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As we age, dementia is not a given. Millions of Americans live long lives with memory and cognitive faculties intact. But more than 55 million seniors do eventually develop the symptoms of dementia related to Alzheimer’s or other causes. How do we care for our loved ones when issues with memory and cognition make independent living difficult? Senior memory care facilities like Buckner Villas in Austin, TX, offer comfort, community, and care for those who need support as they cope with dementia. 

To learn more about Buckner Villas, one of six Texas locations operated by Buckner Retirement Services, reach out to us via phone – 512.580.9882 – or online form. We can answer any questions you have about senior memory care in Austin, TX, and how to prioritize what programs and amenities are most important to you and your loved one.

What Is Senior Memory Care?

A memory care community like Buckner Villas offers housing and 24-hour a day support for senior residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. There are certain non-negotiables that any memory care provider will emphasize, including safety. Ensuring the safety of residents means the staff has clear protocols to prevent wandering and reduce confusion. 

Focusing on quality of life issues like comfort, companionship, and meaningful activity are also vital to managing or delaying the progression of symptoms and making day-to-day living more pleasant and less stressful for the resident.

Finding a Senior Memory Care Facility

How do you know what to look for when choosing a senior memory care facility? Memory care has specific things that other senior care or assisted living do not.  

The checklist below can help guide you. A reputable memory care program is likely to have most, if not all, of the following:

  • Staff that is specially trained in memory care
  • 24/7 supervision and care provision
  • Prescribers (MDs or NPs) who can offer medication management
  • Coordination with primary care and specialty physicians
  • Low staff/resident ratio
  • Assistance with the tasks of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting
  • Dementia therapies as well as activities that enhance memory skills

In addition, it will provide the daily support one requires in a senior living environment such as:

  • Transportation and mobility assistance
  • Individualized, healthy meal plans
  • Laundry services
  • Personal care assistance
  • Housekeeping

When comparing memory care facilities, be sure to visit and schedule conversations with staff. Look for security measures and ask about how they handle wandering. Notice the floorplan and flow of the facility – is it likely to mitigate confusion? Does the staff seem focused on person-to-person care as opposed to top-down management?  

Senior Memory Care in Austin, TX at Buckner Villas

If you are looking for a luxury option for your loved one dealing with dementia, consider Buckner Villas in Austin. Part of the Buckner Retirement Services constellation of facilities, the Villas offers numerous therapies and activities to enhance the quality of life for its senior residents. 

Our staff is both expert and caring, and there are countless opportunities for enrichment and socializing. Isolation and loneliness can hasten the signs of dementia. Participating in educational and recreational activities, dining and interacting with other residents, and accessing physical and occupational therapies can greatly improve quality of life.

Finding a senior memory care facility does not have to be difficult. Reach out to Buckner Villas to schedule a visit. We can answer your questions, walk you through our facilities, and discuss the many features and offerings that make the Villas ideal for your family’s needs. Our phone number is 512.580.9882, or you can complete this easy-to-use online form. We look forward to hearing from you.