Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care

Alzheimer’s & Memory Care Services for Seniors

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia? You’re not alone. Memory Care at Wartburg around Westchester, NY, is here to help.

We understand how hard and emotional it can be for a loved one to have Alzheimer’s or dementia. That’s why we try to make things a little easier for residents who require memory care as well as for their families. We welcome new residents to our Memory Care unit at Wartburg with open arms. With a caring staff and services like 24/7 on-site nursing, recreational and social programs, and daily housekeeping, you and your loved ones can live worry-free.

We know that you want to be there for your elderly mother or father who suffers from memory loss every minute of every day; but with work, kids, and other things going on, it can be tough. Memory Care at our Meadowview assisted living community supports residents with memory issues like moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s and those suffering from wandering issues. In Meadowview, we have 15 apartments in a safe, nurturing, home-like environment with a secure private courtyard.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills. The loss of cognitive functions such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning, as well as behavior abilities, would be severe enough that it would reduce a person’s ability to perform daily activities. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behavior. The causes of dementia can vary depending on the types of changes in the brain that may be taking place.

The most common cause of dementia in older adults is Alzheimer’s disease, but other types of dementia include Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal disorders, and vascular dementia

Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it just begins to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when a person must depend on others completely.

Symptoms of Dementia

Cognitive & psychological changes can include:

  • Memory
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving
  • Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Personality changes
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Inappropriate behavior and paranoia

The 7 Stages of Dementia

Stage One: Pre-illness – Stage one of dementia occurs before there are any symptoms present. Dementia would not be able to be diagnosed at this stage.

Stage Two: Very Mild Signs – During stage two, there may be some mild signs such as misplaced keys, trouble remembering – but it is not yet ground for being diagnosed with dementia.

Stage Three: Mild Signs – This stage is where you might first become aware a loved one may have dementia. Memory loss is mild, but it is constant and becomes noticeable to family and friends.

Stage Four: Moderate Signs – With moderate cognitive decline, a person may forget where they live or begin to show shifts in their personality. This is the stage where a medical professional would be involved.

Stage Five: Moderately Severe Signs – The symptoms of moderate-severe dementia are very recognizable at this stage. A person may experience confusion in everyday activities and experience short term memory loss such as not remembering someone they recently met.

Stage Six: Severe – As a loved one, this may be the most difficult step to cope with as assistance with hygiene, eating, dressing, and more becomes necessary. Assisted living or in-home care would be a great choice at this stage.

Stage Seven: Very Severe – During this final stage, verbal and physical communication may be lost as a person may not be able to express themselves. Simple tasks will need to be completed by an aid, nurse, or loved one.

At Wartburg, we have specialized memory care units for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia in adults. It is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills; eventually, it impedes the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse Alzheimer’s, but early intervention and regular memory care can help to slow the progression of the disease, giving patients precious time with friends and loved ones.

If you notice that an aging loved one has difficulty remembering recently learned information, forgets how to do simple tasks, and withdraws from hobbies or groups, it might be time for an Alzheimer’s screening.

Wartburg offers experienced Alzheimer’s care as part of our assisted living and senior day care services.

Alzheimer’s Resources

For further reading and resources for Alzheimer’s care, check out the following resources:

Alzheimer & Dementia Care Programs

Our Alzheimer and dementia care programs are offered on both a residential and adult day care basis so your loved ones can move seamlessly to a different level of support as their needs change and stay where they – and your family – are comfortable, knowing they’ll get the specialized, compassionate care our dedicated professionals provide.

Memory Care at our Meadowview assisted living community supports residents with memory issues like moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s and those suffering from wandering issues. In Meadowview, we have 15 apartments in a safe, nurturing, home-like environment with a secure private courtyard.

Those people requiring more acute care find exactly what they need with the Memory Care team at Waltemade Skilled Nursing Center. The nursing home at Wartburg offers a dedicated Memory Care neighborhood, highly specialized nurses and support staff to provide support in a cheerful, restraint-free environment with a secure private courtyard.

Whether in the nursing home, assisted living, or adult daycare, Wartburg’s Alzheimer’s and dementia care programs use the Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s care. Developed in the 1990s by Virginia Bell and David Troxel, the Best Friends philosophy suggests that what a person with dementia needs most of all is a loving and positive friend who is dedicated to making the person feel safe, secure and valued. That is exactly what all of us at Wartburg Memory Care strive to provide.

You know what’s best for your loved one, so be sure to call Wartburg to learn more about our Memory Care unit.

  • 24/7 on-site nursing with physicians on call
  • Medication management and assistance
  • Three meals served daily; nutritious food and drinks available 24/7
  • Daily housekeeping and laundry
  • Full-time chaplain
  • Incontinence management
  • Recreational and social programs designed for memory-impaired residents
  • Case management by a social worker
  • Transportation services
  • Safe, secure indoor and outdoor facilities

Don’t let the burden of caring for a loved with memory loss overwhelm you. Contact us so that we can show you all that Best Friends™ and Wartburg can bring to your loved one’s life. To learn more about our memory care apartments, schedule a visit or apply now.