Memory Care FAQ

When a loved one is diagnosed with a memory impairment, it's natural to have many questions about their care, the available options, and how best to support them.

Here, we address both specific inquiries about The Gardens on Quail Memory Care Program and more general questions that families often face following a diagnosis.
Written by
Leigh Boney

Understanding Memory Care and Making Informed Decisions

What are the early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?
Early signs include memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, and changes in mood or personality. For a deeper understanding, read our article on Recognizing the Need for Memory Care.
How do I know if memory care is the right choice?
Memory care may be the right choice if your loved one requires more specialized care than what's provided in assisted living or if they need a secure environment due to wandering tendencies. Memory care facilities also offer programs specifically designed to enhance cognitive health. Learn more about Understanding Memory Care Options.
How does memory care differ from assisted living?
Memory care and assisted living both offer supportive living environments, but memory care provides specialized care tailored to individuals with memory impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

This includes enhanced security measures to prevent wandering, structured programs designed to stimulate cognitive function and memory, and staff trained specifically in dementia care. Assisted living, while offering assistance with daily living activities, does not typically provide this level of specialized support.
What are some effective communication strategies for interacting with a loved one with dementia?
Communicating with a loved one who has dementia requires patience, understanding, and some specific strategies to enhance connection and reduce frustration. These include using simple, clear language; maintaining eye contact; being patient and waiting for responses; avoiding correcting or arguing; using nonverbal cues; and engaging in activities together that don't rely heavily on verbal communication. Additionally, focusing on the emotions behind words rather than the literal meaning can help maintain a positive interaction.
What can families do to manage the stress of caregiving for a loved one with dementia?
Caregiving for a loved one with dementia is emotionally and physically demanding. Managing this stress is crucial for the caregiver's well-being. Strategies include establishing a support network of friends, family, and professional caregivers; taking regular breaks or utilizing respite care services; joining a support group for dementia caregivers; practicing self-care through hobbies, exercise, or meditation; and seeking professional counseling if needed.

We have a list of local support groups on our Memory Care resource page.

The Gardens on Quail Specific Questions

How does The Gardens on Quail support residents with memory impairments?
We focus on each resident's individual abilities, offering personalized care plans, engaging activities that stimulate the mind, body, and spirit, and a secure, nurturing environment. Our approach is detailed in Our Care Philosophies and Practices.
Can you describe the living arrangements and amenities at The Gardens on Quail?
Our memory care unit is divided into cozy neighborhoods with 27 private apartments, communal dining and activity areas, and access to a secure courtyard.

Each apartment is close to community areas designed to be social hubs. We provide weekly housekeeping, all utilities included, community-wide WiFi, and more.

Explore our Facility Features and Amenities for more information or visit this page to see our floor plans.
What types of activities do you offer for residents?
We offer a wide range of daily activities, including crafting, exercise classes, live music, and more, all designed to enhance the quality of life for our residents. Discover the vibrant Daily Living at The Gardens on Quail.
How can families and caregivers get support?
We provide access to support groups, counseling, and educational resources to help families and caregivers navigate their loved one's memory care journey.

For resources and strategies, check out Resources for Caregivers and Families.
Are there any support groups for dementia caregivers in Arvada?
Yes, there are several support groups for dementia caregivers in the Arvada area, including those at Arvada United Methodist Church and Standley Lake Library.

For a complete list, read Caregiver Support and Resources in Arvada.
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Full Arvada Memory Care Guide
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