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Families coping with a dementia diagnosis know all too well how stressful caregiving can be, especially as the disease progresses. From personality changes to the dangers of wandering, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia can be a full-time job. If you are caring for someone with memory loss, you know it can be all-consuming. You should also know that you are not alone in your journey.
Murano is a new senior living community located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood that offers a range of senior living services, including memory care. Murano has a unique approach to memory care that is compassionate and empowering, providing care for the whole family.
Knowing It’s Time for Memory Care
Many dementia caregivers spend years pouring into a loved one who is living with the disease. Many caregivers make great financial, emotional, and physical sacrifices to care for their loved one. This can make it hard to know when it is time to move into memory care and many caregivers feel guilty moving a loved one after years of selfless care.
The truth is that dementia is a degenerative disease that worsens over time and because of that it requires full-time care. If you are concerned about the safety of your loved one, about the risk of wandering, or are worried about their living conditions, it may be time to move to senior living. Memory care communities also provide a social outlet with activities thoughtfully designed for people with memory loss. If your loved one could benefit from engaging activities that bring a sense of accomplishment and purpose, it may be time to consider memory care.
The good news is that you are not alone in this decision. Murano strives to be your partner in memory care. Just like a trusted advisor, the well trained staff at Murano knows what it’s like to care for someone with dementia and can help you navigate this difficult time. More than memory care, Murano’s expertise is also with families who are coping with a challenging diagnosis. Believing that we all deserve empathy, compassion, and patience, Murano is a home for the whole family.
Opal by Leisure Care ®: An Innovative Approach to Memory Care
Murano has a holistic and person-centered approach to memory care called Opal, Leisure Care’s signature memory care program. Realizing that each resident is unique, the compassionate staff at Murano designs a unique program that incorporates each resident’s life story while providing meaningful and purpose-driven activities like continuing education, music therapy, and 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 their own individualized way.
Opal’s 7 Pillars of Wellness:
1. Physical: Their signature PrimeFit program focuses on the unique physical abilities of each resident in both group and private sessions. PrimeFit instructors take into consideration the preferences and life story of their residents to create active moments throughout the day.
2. 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.
3. 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 very things that have had importance to them their entire lives while also cultivating new experiences and interests.
4. Emotional & Spiritual: Because spirituality means different things to different people, Murano draws from the life story of their residents to provide daily opportunities to practice meaningful spirituality in ways that are important to each resident.
5. Creative & Artistic: Activities that elicit expression and provide sensory stimulation, like drawing, clay sculpting, or flower arranging are just a few of the ways residents can express themselves creatively each and every day at Murano.
6. Therapeutic: Their goal is 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.
7. Sensory: Individuals living with a diagnosis of dementia often experience and express themselves through the five senses. The Opal program provides daily opportunities for their residents to positively interact in their community through what they see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
If you are 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 1:00 to 3:00 pm.