It’s crucial to maintain good general health as we become older. However, achieving health goals should involve more than just good physical health and exercise. Cognitive health is also a crucial component of overall wellness, even if you have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact, the best memory care facilities are already aware of the value of providing residents with a variety of opportunities to maintain cognitive activity, and technology may frequently play an important part in these specialized settings.
Here are just a few examples of how technology has improved the quality of life in memory care facilities in recent years.
It is never too early or too late to start putting effort into maintaining everyday cognitive fitness, which includes picking up new skills. Even for those who already have some kind of dementia, taking a few minutes to engage in cognitive tasks that can be completed without failure can enhance confidence and even lessen worry.
According to the National Institute on Aging, engaging in cognitive activities can increase “cognitive reserve.” Caretakers in memory care facilities can use technology to make cognitive exercises a little more enjoyable. A caregiver in a memory care facility might use a tablet to seek up old commercials on YouTube for a reminiscence group or to pull up baseball trivia for a discussion group before lunch.
Technology facilitates family collaboration and communication. For instance, family members are welcome to participate in the development and assessment of tailored service plans in memory care facilities. These tailored plans make sure that each individual receives care that is unique to their needs and preferences. Family members are an essential component of the service plan equation because they can provide information about their loved ones that is useful for creating and modifying a care plan.
For input and to hear from the interdisciplinary team, families had to attend frequent care plan meetings. Families can now participate in meetings via video conferences from a distance and monitor the care of a loved one. Also, private social media platforms and emails make it simple for families to communicate, and they may get updates on their loved ones’ lives through newsletters and images.
Technology in memory care facilities increases security and safety. Residents can simply ask for assistance if they need it, thanks to call button devices that are simple to use.
Beyond medical alert systems, technology also guarantees the safety of residents who like wandering. Many memory care facilities have closed doors that can only be unlocked with a unique code, ensuring that residents can wander safely without leaving the gated community. Many times, courtyards are open to residents without a code so that they can take advantage of the outdoors whenever they want.