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How do most families manage a senior who has dementia?
These scenarios vary based on the family structure and the progression of the disease. An
individual who has early-stage dementia and lives with a relatively healthy spouse or other family member willing to be a caregiver, can remain at home for as long as it is possible for the individual to be safe. Those with dementia need round-the-clock care, and caregiving is a very difficult task. Many caregivers supplement caregiving duties and receive respite care by rotating duties with other family members or contracting with home care services. Often at some point, the caregiving responsibilities become too overwhelming for the caregiver, and the individual with dementia will move into a memory care community.
While placing a loved one into senior living or memory care causes guilt for some family members, many caregivers report an appreciation for memory care services and an enhanced relationship with their loved one. Specifically, a caregiver relieved from daily caregiving duties and who is well-rested, can then visit and spend quality time with their loved one in memory care. Oftentimes, caregivers report poor health, severe fatigue and frustration in managing a loved one at home with dementia -- and they have little quality time together.
Where can I go to for help?
Reading Lifestyles over 50 is a good start, it is full of organizations, businesses and other resources. Specifically, reach out to several of the memory care communities to learn more and take a tour. If you are unsure where to start then give us a call at 855-233-7034. The call is free and we can point you in the right direction.
Abington Manor Memory Care Village, 5 Cedar Park Boulevard, Easton 18042, 610-438-9400, abingtonmanor.com
Alexandria Manor, 7 New Street, Nazareth 18014, 610-759-4060, alexandriamanor.com
Arden Courts of Allentown, 5151 Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown 18106, 610-366-9010
Arden Courts of Old Orchard 4098 Freemansburg Ave, Easton, PA 18045, 484-373-5170, arden-courts.com
Memory Care Is All We Do. Arden Courts Memory Care Community caters to the special needs of individuals with memory loss. Staffed by specially trained caregivers, Arden Courts cares for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Our community features friendly common spaces, an inviting kitchen and family rooms and walking paths within enclosed courtyards, all designed for the safety and comfort of our residents.
Bethlehem Manor, 815 Pennsylvania Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18018, 610-841-8888, sauconvalleymanor.com
The Easton Home 1022 Northampton Street, Easton 18042, 610-250-5009, eastonhome.org
Heather Glen Senior Living 415 Blue Barn Road, Allentown 18104, 610-841-4478, hgseniorliving.com
Hidden Meadows on the Ridge & The Laurels Memory Care, 340 Farmers Lane, Sellersville 18960, 215-257-6701, hiddenmeadowsontheridge.com
The Laurels offers individuals with memory impairment four uniquely designed state-of-the-art neighborhood communities, providing both privacy and an engaging lifestyle. Safety and security are our primary focus, and we strive to give residents a comfortable, home-like atmosphere. Each resident has an individualized support program that maximizes a senior’s independence while offering a helping hand daily. Residents receive assistance with dressing, bathing, and hygiene, medication management, regular health and wellness assessments, transportation to medical appointments, nightly room checks and more.
Kirkland Village 1 Kirkland Village Circle, Bethlehem 18017, 610-691-4500, kirklandvillage.org
To meet the unique needs of our residents, Kirkland Village offers specialized Memory Support services that address the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of memory impairment. From creating a homelike environment to providing residents with engaging, stimulating activities, our Memory Support staff are trained and educated in all aspects of dementia care.
Legend of Allentown 6043 Lower Macungie Rd. Macungie 18062, 610-426-0223, legendseniorliving.com
At Legend Senior Living®, we strive to reinforce your loved one’s sense of self. Specially trained associates will leverage years of experience with memory related impairments to identify where your loved one is on their journey, and use that knowledge to meet them at their point of need with caring support and comfort.
Your loved one will experience a unique blend of homelike comfort, innovative care and experienced, personal attention. Services are tailored to their unique needs, providing the support they need to thrive.
Meadow Glen at Phoebe Richland 108 S. Main Street Richlandtown 18955 267-371-4512 phoebe.org/richland
At “The Cottage,” Phoebe Richland’s award-winning specialized memory support neighborhood, we aim to create a home-like environment that’s optimized for the needs of adults with dementia. With specialty trained staff and extensive Montessori programming, your loved one can thrive in an environment designed to support residents’ strengths and interests and maximize their abilities.
Sacred Heart Senior Living Northampton 602 East 21st Street, Northampton 18067, 610-262-4300
Sacred Heart Senior Living Saucon Valley 4851 Saucon Creek Road Center Valley 18034 610-814-2700 sacredheartseniorliving.com
At Sacred Heart Senior Living’s Memory Care Neighborhood you will find quality, compassionate care for those with dementia or related conditions. Our residents enjoy a sense of community in a supportive neighborhood setting, all in a beautiful, serene and secure environment. Within this nurturing haven, you will find all the conveniences and personal attention you would expect from our superior reputation. We will work to create a specialized care plan based on your loved one’s capabilities, routines, preferences and medical requirements.
Saucon Valley Manor 1050 Main Street Hellertown 18055 610-748-8888 sauconvalleymanor.org
South Mountain Memory Care 201 S. 7th Street Emmaus 18049 southmountainmemorycare.com 610-965-7662
Delivering the Peace of Mind You Deserve
Our ultimate goal at South Mountain Memory Care is to enrich the quality of life of our residents. Our community uses the ‘small house model’ that has been found to be the most successful environment in providing that sense of home, connectedness and ultimately, happiness. Research indicates that residents in small house communities were significantly more socially engaged and displayed few non-aggressive behaviors, such as wandering, than residents in larger, traditional settings. Call us for a tour!
Whitehall Manor 1177 6th Street Whitehall 18052 610-434-9999 whitehallmanor.com