When a north Texas senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, the news can be devastating for them and for their families. That’s why we thought it was important to share more information about quality memory care programs in the Garland area.
Garland Is A Great Place To Live
The city of Garland has received a variety of honors including being named by CNN and Money magazine as one of the “Top 100 Places to Live.” One factor that helps make the city so desirable is its easy access to health care and senior care.
- Among the nearly 90 hospitals and medical centers the Garland area are Baylor Regional Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital and Garland Health Center.
- Rehab hospitals for adults who need short-term rehab support are located nearby. HealthSouth and Dallas Rehab Hospital are two local options.
- There are 30 assisted living communities within an easy drive of the city.
- Garland is home to 10 dedicated memory care programs with another 20 in the surrounding area.
What to Know about Memory Care
Alzheimer’s is a progressive form of dementia that often leaves families struggling to find ways to keep their senior loved one safe. Quality of life is tough to maintain for both the adult with the disease and the family members who are trying to care for them and keep them safe.
Many times a memory care program is the best solution. Benefits of a dedicated memory care program include:
- Specialty Caregivers: Caregivers in a dedicated memory care program undergo special training to help them understand how Alzheimer’s impacts a senior’s abilities and to learn how they can best care for and communicate with residents. For families who are struggling to manage a loved one’s care at home, knowing that specialty caregivers are on-site around the clock can bring peace of mind.
- Supportive Environment: A secure environment that is designed to support the unique needs of adults with dementia helps promote safety. Color-coded hallways and small, thoughtfully planned rooms make it easier for residents to maintain their independence.
- Dedicated Programming: An important goal for memory care providers is to help residents with Alzheimer’s feel successful. One way of doing that is by providing life enrichment opportunities that work with each resident’s remaining abilities. You will often see music therapy and art projects taking place in a memory care program, along with senior-friendly fitness activities.
- Maintaining Good Nutrition: A quality dining program in memory care will utilize techniques such as contrasting colored placemats to make food on the plate easier to see. Adaptive silverware is also common. Healthy finger foods are often served to allow people with dementia to maintain their dignity while eating independently.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Costs in Garland
Families trying to determine the cost of Alzheimer’s and dementia care in the Garland area should know that these programs are often slightly more expensive than traditional assisted living. Monthly fees range from $3,000 a month to over $6,000.
The amount of support a senior requires, the size of the apartment they choose and the amenities offered at the community all play a role in determining the cost of dementia care.
Let Us Help with Your Search for Memory Care
Senior Living Specialists was founded after our principal, Paul Markowitz, and his family had a difficult time finding care for his mother. At just 59 years old, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Paul wanted to make it easier for other families to find care for a loved one.
Because we are paid a referral fee from the community when a senior moves in, there is no cost to families who need support and guidance to make an informed decision.
Our senior care advisors can help your family put together a budget for your loved one’s care and explore potential options for payment including veterans’ benefits and bridge loans.
Call us at 214-929-5055 to learn more about memory care in Garland, Texas.
Senior Living Specialists is a free service for seniors and their families. We are compensated by a referral fee when a senior moves into a community or care home.