What is memory care?
Memory care is a form of senior living that provides intensive, specialized care for people living with cognitive impairments. Many retirement and nursing homes create separate memory care units for patients with dementia or Alzheimer's.
These spaces create a secure and structured environment to lower residents' stress living with dementia and Alzheimer's.
Memory care provides specialized care and services to assist seniors living with a type of dementia such as Alzheimer’s.
Staff members are specially trained to understand the needs of people at all stages of dementia, and to support seniors who may be experiencing frustration, anxiety, aggression or communication issues as a result of cognitive aging.
Memory care facilities typically offer extra security measures to keep residents safe from wandering, one of many symptoms of dementia.
What is Metta Memory?
By celebrating our residents' lives, their days are filled with engaging activities that bring purpose and joy while helping ease the progression of Alzheimer's or dementia.
Metta Memory neighbourhoods have been purposefully designed to provide a comforting and secure environment for those residents living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Our specially trained staff offer a compassionate, person-centric approach that focuses on the individual's interests, past life experiences, and customized needs.
Our wide range of recreation and therapeutic programs encourage residents to be engaged throughout their day while reducing anxiety and providing purpose. We have combined best practices from the leading dementia care programs to provide a wholesome plan that includes cognitive fitness, exercise classes, pet therapy, music therapy, sensory activities and much more!
We recognize that every resident living in our Metta Memory neighbourhood requires a personalized approach, and we offer an ever-evolving action plan to suit those their needs.
Activities in Metta Memory
Through our Metta Memory Program, your loved one will be able to participate in a range of daily activities designed to increase cognitive stimulation, promote a sense of community while also maintaining a comforting and relaxing environment.
Our Lifestyles Teams design an activities calendar specifically for Metta Memory.
Some of these programs include:
Dining in Metta Memory
Metta Memory’s dining program allows residents to feel as independent as possible for as long as possible.
Our dedicated care staff is present at all meals to help support those who need assistance during meals. Residents can utilize ergonomic and visually effective tableware for stimulation.
Dietary staff engage and get to know our residents in order to provide them with nutritious and delicious meals suited for them. We use music and lighting to create a calm and inviting atmosphere that will help residents during meals.
A unique part of the Metta Memory program is our 'sensory murals’ that are interactive areas for residents, staff, and families. Each sensory scape has been designed to offer comforting memories with sensory activities that will be familiar, meaningful, and calming to our residents. Each of these sensory murals is designed to help residents recall episodic memories. These memories are of life events and experiences of great importance related to the individual.
: The birth of a child is memorable and often recalled long-term memory. Research has shown that women specifically feel calm while participating in doll therapy programs designed to stimulate memories of child-rearing years. We encourage families to bring baby photos to help create conversations while visiting their loved ones. Nursery Sensory Scape
Laundry Sensory Scape: Most seniors have strong long-term memories of the roles involved in caring for the home. This area showcases a laundry area where residents can hang and fold various clothing items. Activities also include sorting laundry and lace sewing and memory flashcards with tasks such as mowing the lawn, baking and washing the car.
Office Sensory Scape: This familiar workplace environment is equipped with reminiscing props such as a rotary dial phone, vintage typewriter and payroll machine with routine activities such as shoe polishing, tying ties and posting envelopes.
What are the benefits Metta Memory?
Being a part of a Memory Care program has many benefits for your loved one. Our Metta Memory program is specifically designed for the unique needs of people living with cognitive impairment. Our staff is trained and educated in providing the appropriate care and guidance of our residents.
Research has shown that "stress is critically involved in the development and progression of [Alzheimer's] disease." Through our sensory murals, positive approach, and programs, Metta Memory is intended to lower residents' anxiety and create a stress-free environment.
A person with Alzheimer's or dementia requires a lot of attention and help. Being a caregiver can become a significant strain on caregivers' mental and physical health. That is why choosing Metta Memory will provide you with peace of mind. Residents are in a secure and safe environment receiving around-the-clock care and support.
Aging in Place
Metta Lifestyles offers residents the opportunity to age in place. This means that with the advanced levels of care, residents do not have to move elsewhere as their cognitive or physical health deteriorates.
You and your loved one can find comfort in knowing that when they require the extra assistance of memory care, they will be able to receive that at Metta Lifestyles. Research confirms the stress of moving and adjusting to a new environment can increase the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia.
Metta Memory Services
Dedicated 24-hour specially trained Nursing staff
Safe and secure specialized environment
Daily suite tidy, and weekly full housekeeping
Weekly personal laundry, as well as linens and towels
Cueing and supervision of continence needs
60 minutes of personal support assistance per day
Individualized and small group programs lead by dedicated Care Companions and Metta Memory Manager
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main dining room with supervised staff
24-hour refreshments and snacks
Emergency nurse-call pendant
Customized care plan and daily routine based on previous life experiences and interests
Purposeful environmental enhancements
Other Care Services Provided Through Memory Care
Feeding Assistance- All Levels
Continence Care –All Levels
Bathing Assistance- All Levels
Medication Management- All Levels
Signs & Symptoms
When referring to Alzheimer's and dementia, people usually described these diseases in stages, specifying the symptoms' severity. In the early stages of Alzheimer's, the most common symptoms include:
Difficulty learning new things and following conversations
Difficulty concentrating or a restricted attention span
Occasional coordination problems
In the middle stage of this disease, you will begin to see a noticeable decrease in cognitive and functional abilities. Although your loved one's abilities may be deteriorating, they may still be aware of their condition. Usually, at this stage, a person's care is increased, community programming may be helpful, and families may opt for a memory care program like Metta Memory.
The late stage of Alzheimer's disease is the most significant or advanced stage of the disease. People in this stage are usually unable to communicate or look after themselves. In this stage, it is typical for severe impairment, losing the capacity for recognizable speech, and losing the ability to eat or walk without assistance.
To learn more about Alzheimer's disease and dementia, please visit the Alzheimer's Society of Canada.