ALZHEIMER’S, DEMENTIA AND MEMORY CARE IN Shakopee, MN
Compassionate care for more good days.
Living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia requires compassionate care that places residents and their families at the forefront. At Benedictine Living Community-Shakopee Windermere Way, we’ve intentionally designed our memory care program to create a living environment where residents receive personalized support and families find peace of mind.
While living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia presents daily challenges, our well-trained memory care team is dedicated to creating an environment filled with joy, purpose and engagement. We prioritize family involvement, seamlessly integrating family members into each resident’s personalized care plan. Many even say that our dedicated staff becomes like an extended family, bringing laughter and companionship into residents’ lives.
Memory Care at Benedictine Windermere Way features:
- Private apartment with kitchenette and full bathroom in a secure community
- Use of secure common spaces: dining room, activity room, social lounge, secure patio and gardens
- Three delicious daily meals served restaurant style, plus snacks
- Dementia care trained resident assistant on-site 24/7 for safety, security, assistance and health care needs
- Licensed nurse onsite or on call 24/7
- Person-centered wellness programming provided through structured and purposeful daily activities to meet residents’ physical, mental and social needs and abilities
- Integrative health services such as aromatherapy, comforting touch and healing music
- Ongoing licensed nurse assessments, medication management and personal cares
Together, we share a common goal: creating more joyful and fulfilling days.
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What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
According to the National Institute on Aging, dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions — such as thinking, reasoning and the ability to remember — that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. While dementia isn’t a disease, it may accompany certain diseases or conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disease that specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. The National Institutes of Health estimates that more than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. Although younger people can get Alzheimer’s, symptoms generally begin after age 60.
When is memory care needed?
In most Benedictine Living Communities, memory care can be offered in assisted living or in skilled nursing, depending on the resident’s medical needs. When a person exhibits signs of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia that affect quality of life or the ability to safely remain in their current living situation, a residential memory care program may be appropriate. For more information, read our blog post, When is Memory Care Needed?
How is memory care different from assisted living?
Every aspect of memory care — from staffing to dining and activities — is designed around the unique needs of people experiencing memory loss. Specially trained professionals work hand in hand with the individual and their family members to create structure, familiar schedules and surroundings, all in a secure environment that promotes a sense of purpose and accomplishment. For more information, read our blog post, Memory Care: A Closer Look.
Is staffing different in memory care?
Yes. Staff members are specially trained to care for people experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. And these special caregivers carry with them a compassionate temperament and a passion for providing dignified, respectful memory care to individuals and their families. Depending on a resident’s medical needs, memory care may be offered in an assisted living setting. The staffing ratio in assisted living memory care is typically higher than in traditional assisted living.
Are family members and friends welcome to visit?
Family and friends are welcome to visit. Ask about visiting policies when you tour the community.