Kensington Place Redwood City, renowned for its exceptional memory care, invites you to our “Open House for Family Caregivers: Connections, Our Unique Early-Stage Memory Care Program, on January 13th, from 1 – 3 pm PST.
This event showcases our commitment to early memory care for individuals with mild cognitive impairment and the beginning stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Our Connections memory care neighborhood focuses on the earliest to moderate stages of memory loss. At Connections, our residents enjoy activities from expressive arts, relationship-based focus, peer support, sensory movement exercises, and active family involvement.
Let’s explore how early memory care offers essential support for residents and their families facing memory challenges.
Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.
What is early memory care?
Early memory care is a specialized form of support for people at the earliest onset of memory impairment, such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can often be seen as a precursor to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can be described as an intermediate stage between the expected, cognitive decline or normal aging and the more significant decline seen in dementia.
Early intervention can help individuals with MCI and memory loss to potentially prevent or postpone the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Cognitive exercises, such as brain games can sharpen cognitive abilities and enhance mental agility.
- Physical activities, such as yoga, tai chi, on-site physical rehabilitation, and aerobics, can improve brain function and mobility.
- Social engagement, such as group activities encourages interaction and communication, preventing isolation that can exacerbate memory loss.
- Art and music therapy can improve mood and cognitive function and tap into old memories.
- Nutrition and wellness programs contribute to better overall mental and physical health, including all-day dining programs.
- Structured routines can reduce confusion and anxiety.
Memory care programs such as our neighborhood Connections can offer significant benefits backed by research.
Not only will these programs benefit your loved one’s body and mind, but they can improve their quality of life and slow down cognitive decline.
The following are some encouraging statistics about the benefits of early memory care:
- Cognitive-stimulating activities create a 33% lower risk of cognitive decline.
- Residents in specialized memory care communities, such as Connections and Haven, receive greater dementia care than communities with a lower proportion of residents with memory loss.
- Early-stage memory care programs show an improvement in sense of well-being and lowered depression.
- Caregivers and individuals in memory care communities experience a reduction in stress-related symptoms compared to providing in-home care.
- Specialized early memory care programs could delay the need for more intensive services.
Connections is a supportive, nurturing environment where everything is designed to enhance the lives of its residents, prolong independence, and provide loving care.
Connections offers a cozy, home-like setting, giving a sense of comfort and safety. Our neighborhood is secure, yet inviting and features sunny outdoor spaces for our residents to enjoy.
The core of Connections is its relationship-based care.
We focus on each resident’s journey, adapting our care approach to their cognitive abilities to “meet them where they are.”
Peer support is integral here, with activities and programs to encourage social interaction, and reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety that are common in early-stage memory loss.
With a higher level of staffing ratios, care is matched to meet each individual’s needs.
Sensory movement and cognitive activities
Sensory movements in memory care engage both the body and the senses, offering therapeutic and mental benefits.
Yoga, tai chi, dance, and music therapy provided by a certified music therapist stimulate physical mobility and sensory awareness.
Combined with cognitive activities that require focus and coordination, these exercises enrich residents by fostering a connection between mind and body.
While Connections caters to early to middle stages of memory loss, our Haven neighborhood is designed for those in advanced stages, providing a serene and more supportive environment, focused on reducing agitation and maintaining quality of life.
Family involvement is important and appreciated by loved ones who are in a memory care program, especially those with MCI.
Here is how family members can engage with their loved one’s care process.
- Actively participate: Families are encouraged to be actively involved with their loved one’s life, including visiting regularly for happy hour, meals and life enrichment activities, participating in on-site educational events, and staying informed with nurses and staff about their care and progress.
- Help craft personalized care plans: Collaborating with care staff in developing and updating personalized care plans is beneficial, especially for residents who may have trouble communicating their symptoms. Families can provide valuable insights into their loved one’s health history, preferences, and needs for better care.
- Stay educated: By staying updated about educational events, such as our “Open House for Family Caregivers” event, caregivers and family members can stay up-to-date on recent health initiatives and breakthrough treatments that can benefit their loved ones.
- Provide emotional support: Perhaps the most important step to take is understanding their loved one’s needs and emotions and providing a patient, loving touch to promote their well-being and mental health.
Visit Kensington Place Redwood City to experience dedication to early memory care for dementia, Alzheimer’s, and mild cognitive impairment.
Our community is located in sunny Redwood City, California, and is designed to support your loved one living with dementia and Alzheimer’s from the earliest stages.
At Kensington Place Redwood City, we’re committed to exceptional memory care and support, every step of the way.