Memory Care Uniquely Designed
While designing our Metta Memory program, we wanted to ensure that comfort, safety, and dignity were top of mind. A person diagnosed with dementia will require much different care than residents at our homes who have chosen other lifestyle options. Our Metta Memory unit is a separate floor that offers unique and secure areas for residents.
A unique part of the Metta Memory program is our 'sensory scapes' that are interactive areas for residents, staff, and families. Our three ‘sensory scapes’ are a 1950’s office, a nursery and a laundry area. These rooms are designed with the residents in mind. Each room offers activities that residents are familiar with, like doll therapy in the nursery, shoe shinning in the office and folding laundry in the laundry area.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term that includes several neurodegenerative disorders, (i.e.) disorders that affect the brain. The brain cells of individuals with dementia progressively degenerate. This leads to symptoms such as impairments to memory, communication, behaviour and mood. There are four main types of dementia.
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A dementia care home fills the gap between retirement communities and nursing communities. While most retirement communities offer a wide range of services to appeal to seniors who can live fairly independently, nursing/long-term care communities support people with severe needs. However, while retirement communities offer generalized service, nursing communities tend to have the feel of a hospital, with limited budgets and busy staff members who deal with all types of needs.
A person with dementia needs more!
Metta Lifestyles provides communities that offer dementia care in Toronto, which unlike nursing communities have a high ratio of staff to residents. Furthermore, unlike typical retirement communities, our communities offer customized programs and activities for individuals with dementia. Our creative, stimulating
home-like environment is very different from a hospital in its dementia-focused design and services.
Dementia Warning Signs
Whether you’re experiencing possible symptoms or are concerned for someone you care about, the Alzheimer Society of Canada has developed the following list of signs to look for:
Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities
Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Problems with language
Disorientation in time and space
Problems with abstract thinking
Changes in mood and behaviour
Changes in personality
Loss of initiative
If you are concerned about any of these signs, talk to your doctor.