More than 15 million Americans are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related form of dementia. If you're one of those caregivers, you know how stressful it can be. You should also know that you're not alone.
Murano Senior Living in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood offers a unique approach to memory care for both caregivers and for those living with dementia. Their secure and safe community provides a warm and fun environment for residents and their families.
How to know when it's time for memory care
Making the decision to move someone into a memory care community can be difficult for caregivers who have spent years helping a loved one. Transitioning into long-term care can actually build better relationships, restoring balance and freedom for both the caregiver and the senior.
If you're concerned about the safety of your loved one, the risk of wandering, or their living conditions, it may be time to transition them to senior living. Dementia is a degenerative disease that worsens over time, and it requires full-time care because of that. The demands of full-time care for a family member can be unrealistic, and the compassionate staff at Murano understands.
Murano strives to be your partner in memory care. As a friend and confidant, the expertly-trained staff at Murano knows what it's like to care for someone with dementia. They can help guide your family through a difficult time. They specialize in helping people with memory loss as well as leading families through the coping process of this challenging diagnosis. Murano believes that everyone deserves empathy, compassion, and patience, so their community is a home for the whole family.
Opal by Leisure Care: An innovative approach to memory care
Murano offers Opal, Leisure Care's signature memory care program. Appreciating each resident's life story, memory care at Murano creates a unique program that includes education, music therapy, and even horticulture therapy. Memory care at Murano is centered around seven pillars of wellness to ensure that each resident is comfortable, cared for, and celebrated in an individualized way.
Opal's seven pillars of wellness:
- Physical: Murano's signature PrimeFit program focuses on the unique physical abilities of each resident in both group and private sessions. PrimeFit instructors consider the preferences and life stories of their residents to create active moments throughout the day.
- Social: From scenic drives and themed dinners to holiday events and excursions, Murano ensures their residents feel included in society and maintain important social connections.
- Experiential: By providing a range of activities like visiting a state park, attending a concert, or taking an impromptu fishing trip, their residents have the opportunity to experience the things that were important to them throughout their lives while also cultivating new experiences and interests.
- Emotional and Spiritual: Because spirituality means different things to different people, Murano draws from the life stories of their residents to provide daily opportunities to practice meaningful spirituality in ways that are important to each resident.
- Creative and Artistic: Activities that elicit expression and provide sensory stimulation are important for residents receiving memory care. Drawing, clay sculpting, painting, or flower arranging are just a few ways that residents can express themselves creatively every day at Murano.
- Therapeutic: Murano tries to offer daily opportunities for residents to complete tasks with a purpose. These tasks, like watering plants or helping the staff, become quite meaningful for residents.
- Sensory: Individuals living with a diagnosis of dementia often experience and express themselves through the five senses. The Opal program provides daily opportunities for residents to positively interact in their community through what they see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
If you're a dementia caregiver looking for support in your caregiving journey, Murano is ready to be your partner in care. Learn more about Murano's approach to memory care by calling today, or stop by their open house every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m.