Dementia-Related Illness and Alzheimer’s Disease Holistic Care
Anthem Lakes understands you want high-quality services at a reasonable cost of care. Our Premier Memory Care pricing is based on all-inclusive care – you won’t be nickel-and-dimed with the endless addition of multiple care levels in Creekside – we make costs more predictable.
Anthem Lakes takes great pride in our separate, controlled-access building facilities designed for memory care residents. Memory care residents often have complex care needs owing to the multi-faceted nature of dementia-related illnesses. Staying safe, reducing confusion, slowing disease progression and monitoring medication needs are just some aspects of care that form a holistic, individual-centered care plan for our seniors.
The outdoor gardens and living spaces specially designed for our memory care residents create a unique, sheltered, and caring environment focused on the needs of every individual.
Our staff is exemplary, with patience and grace to nurture and guide our sometimes-confused residents. For instance, they understand when a resident with dementia-related illness retells a story multiple times, or forgets that they ate breakfast.
Early Warning Signs for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia-Related Illnesses
For more information on the characteristics of Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association has a wealth of knowledge: https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp.
Is my Loved One or Spouse Suffering from Dementia?
Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms manifested by numerous brain disorders; it is not a specific disease. Some of the early warning signs are:
- Memory Loss – asking the same question; forgetting appointments
- Inability to problem solve – difficulty creating a plan to attack a problem
- Forgetting to do everyday tasks like doing the dishes or taking medication
- Not remembering time or place – the concept of time and location become difficult
- Difficulty with spatial relationships – judging distance; color coordination
- Understanding a conversation – both writing and spoken
- Losing things – misplacing items around the house and potentially accusing others of stealing them
- Poor judgement – beware the telemarketer!
- Isolation – not wanting to be involved with others
- Mood and personality changes
A Caring Move
These warning signs are provided courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association. Anthem Lakes, in the Atlantic Beach area of Jacksonville, Florida, will assist the memory care resident, a spouse and your family in making a smooth transition into the community.
A person suffering from memory loss often becomes:
- Suspicious of others
A Nurturing Place for Alzheimer’s Care in Jacksonville, Florida
Our cheerful environment helps with the depression and our staff works tirelessly with the residents to create a living space that is uplifting, safe, engaging and not confusing. We provide special programs to help our residents remain engaged in life and slow the progression of Dementia-related illness. Keeping the brain active is key. We do this through puzzles, mind games, reading, lectures for residents, exercise and more.
We Don’t Forget the Spousal Caregiver
Very often, the primary caregiver is a spouse. We understand how emotionally difficult making placement into memory care can be for primary caregivers. We stand alongside you to ease the transition for both of you. We welcome your input in creating a personalized care profile for your loved one.
Anthem Lakes’ staff keeps up with the latest research for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory-impairing illnesses. There are many programs on the market these days, and research continues along many fronts. We research methods and programs such as the Luminosity service, Dakim BrainFitness, CleverMind and iN2L. We use iN2L in our Dementia program approach.
If you’d like to learn more about iN2L, please visit their website: http://in2l.com.
Anthem Lakes wants its residents to exercise cognitive ability in the most dignified way possible. This is why we have partnered with iN2L to tap into technology to provide quality, creative programs with a purpose. Each resident has a personalized learning plan adapted to group activities for higher engagement and reduced anxiety.
We also make use of nature around us. Our holistic approach to memory care gets people outside so that they may enjoy the outdoor activities most Floridians have come to love and enjoy, such as:
- Water views
- Fenced courtyard
- Fitness equipment
- A flat, walkable neighborhood
Apartments are Ready
Our Jacksonville, Florida memory care program has twenty-eight apartments available and six are companion apartments. Having others nearby helps with the anxiety that often accompanies dementia-related illness. All our apartments are built to ADA guidelines.
The safety and security of our memory care residents is a top priority at Anthem Lakes. That’s why we have attentive, friendly staff onsite 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Our nursing staff is available to assist with medication and provides a level of support not often seen in other communities.
Managing the Meds and Diet of Memory Care for Quality-of-Life
Alzheimer’s sufferers are often prescribed Cholinesterase inhibitors or Memantine to slow the progression of the disease. Alzheimer’s destroys braincells and these medications lessen and sometimes temporarily stabilize the progression of the disease by strengthening the chemicals that send messages throughout the brain. Correct, timely medication administration and observation of effectiveness is key to quality-of-life. Our memory care staff is specially trained to support the current and evolving needs of our cognitively-impaired residents.
Medications that memory care residents take can have side effects such as nausea and loss of appetite. Our chef is keenly aware of this and works very hard at providing nutritious, visually attractive, tasty meals that appeal to our dementia care residents and are compatible with prescribed medications.
Anthem Lakes has a preferred pharmacy partner that delivers prescriptions in individual packaging based on dosing and time of day to provide safe, accurate medicine tracking.
Security and quality-of-life are concerns for the community, our residents and family members. Creekside is a controlled-access building in a natural setting. The location does not have exposure to busy streets found in some communities. The 14-acre, park setting with ponds, a lake and wildlife is serene and calming.
Where electrical power is a concern, we have a standby generator should emergency power ever be needed.
Our memory care residents enjoy most of the same amenities as our other services levels. These include:
- Linen services
- Flat screen TV in every apartment
- Cable subscription
- Wireless Internet
- Three nutritious and delicious meals per day
- Transportation to appointments
- Spa and salon services
- Medication consolidation and delivery
- Consolidated billing
Alzheimer’s Help Line
If you are in a caregiver crisis related to Alzheimer’s or dementia, call the Alzheimer’s 24/7 help line:
Arrange to come see Anthem Lakes’ innovative Memory Care program for Dementia-related illness and Alzheimer’s care in the Atlantic Beach area of Jacksonville, Florida.
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