Memory Care in Columbia, Maryland
Experience the Flourish℠ Program Difference
At Charter Senior Living of Columbia, we believe Alzheimer’s and dementia care should be rooted in an appreciation for every resident’s personal story. This is the reason our Columbia Memory Care professionals work tirelessly to provide the comforts of home and the compassion of family.
Our community is the only one in Howard County to provide Flourish℠ Memory Care programming. Unlike traditional memory care facilities in Columbia, Maryland, we use a unique personalized approach that emphasizes empathy, insight and research-based technology to reach individual needs and desires to help residents grow and flourish.
VELOCITY — A consistent offering of traditional activities that appeal to the seven core areas of programming. Velocity is our daily activities programming that sets the speed and direction for our residents’ days.
OSHIBORI EXPERIENCE — A daily routine activity that provides a consistent reminder for mealtimes while providing aromatherapy.
GRAB-AND-GO NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVITIES — Impromptu small-group activities specialized to individual needs.
S.T.A.R. — Specific Therapeutic Assisted Recreation is a family-oriented program that allows our families to bring in personal reminiscent-type items to share with their family members.
REST AND RESTORATION — An intervention program led by care staff that provides stimulation and redirection with four sensory components including audio, video, engagement and comfort interventions.
Learn more about the importance of choosing a Memory Care-specific community and how our outstanding services and amenities stand out by reading our blog.
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What Is Memory Care for Seniors?
Memory Care communities like Charter Senior Living of Columbia are there for families when it becomes difficult to care for someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease at home. Memory care is a form of residential long-term care that provides intensive, specialized care for people with cognitive impairment.
Unlike many assisted living facilities, memory care provides a specialized approach that creates routines and expectations. These have proven to lower stress for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our care providers help with activities of daily living, including selecting a shirt to weather, assisting them in doing their hair and creating craft projects. Our skilled and caring team members ensure residents flourish in our care.
Overall, the approach is designed to improve the quality of life for residents and their families.
What Are the Levels of Care in Memory Care?
There are many senior care options for family members and seniors to choose from, and each one serves a different purpose depending on the needs of the resident.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you may be considering your options of care and when to make that decision. Memory care can be a good fit if your loved one is:
- Missing and forgetting to take regular medications
- Withdrawing from friendships and interest groups
- Demonstrating wandering behaviors
- Having difficulty performing regular tasks of daily living like cooking, bathing and cleaning
- Displaying loud, violent and disruptive outbursts
Caregiver burnout is also important when making the decision. Caregivers can often experience psychological effects after taking care of someone with dementia. This can cause stress and tension in the relationship.
Memory Care Services & Amenities at Charter Senior Living of Columbia
- 24/7 support and personal care by a highly experienced, caring team
- Purposeful neighborhood design features the latest technology, safety and services
- Private suites and bathrooms [view floor plans]
- Beautifully landscaped, secure courtyard and walking path
- Multiple activity spaces and lounges for programming and socializing with friends, family and staff
- Sensory rooms for calming serenity
- Flourish℠ Memory Care programming
“The staff at Charter Senior Living is compassionate and friendly. The care and peace of mind they’ve given to my mother and my family means the world to us. Thank you for everything you do!”
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does memory care cost?
The higher level of care and supervision in an Alzheimer’s residential care home comes at a price. On average, an assisted living community costs $4,000 a month, and memory care adds another $1,000 to $4,000 a month. Costs vary state to state and are impacted by the level of care provided.
Our monthly rates start at $5,540.
How can I decide between assisted living and memory care?
Assisted living and memory care senior living communities provide many of the same services – including housing, meals, and help with bathing, grooming, and toileting. However, memory care communities or neighborhoods specialize in caring for seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss. In memory care communities, environmental security is a key design feature.
To prevent wandering, many communities are equipped with locked entrances and exits as well as keypad entries, obscured exits and doorbells signaling entering and exiting. To avoid injuries from falls, dementia care communities feature designs that minimize confusion. In addition, they offer calming therapies in soothing spaces. This can help to reduce agitation and confusion that can lead to aggression or self-injury.
The staff in dementia care communities are also specially trained in care planning for those living with memory loss. The staff understands how to effectively prevent and manage difficult dementia behaviors. They also understand the balance of encouraging residents to stay as independent as possible while providing the support they need. Many communities, including Charter, have a higher staff-to-resident ratio than assisted living, which allows for more one-on-one attention throughout the day.
Does Medicare cover memory care?
Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans generally will not pay for room and board or personal care in a memory care community. They will, however, pay for the medical care the facility provides. Veterans benefits typically help cover the cost for eligible veterans and surviving spouses who are over age 65.
Is dementia care right for my loved one?
- Are they in the early stage of the disease, or do they need the long-term care provided in nursing homes?
- Will they have the support they need?
- Will they be safe, happy, and content?
Complete the contact form to find out more about our unique memory care programming. Read more about what sets our Alzheimer’s and dementia care apart on our blog.