Memory Care at The Summit at Sunland Springs in Mesa, Arizona
In memory care, each person has a unique story. At The Summit in Mesa, Arizona, we help each resident craft a personal, meaningful experience each day to continue their story. Our approach to care is designed to engage our residents and meet them where they are.
Our specially-trained staff is knowledgeable in dementia strategies and techniques to prevent and minimize wandering and combative behaviors. Each resident receives personalized care and stimulating activities that help seniors use their unique skills.
We believe in our staff’s continuing education and development to help our residents and their families correctly. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind and to ensure your loved one is getting the best level of care possible.
What is memory care, and why is it crucial?
Memory care is specialized care in an assisted living setting where 24-hour care is offered for people living with dementia or other cognitive impairment. Our community team strives to provide a safe environment for residents, focusing on improving their quality of life and supporting them through their journey.
When a loved one is diagnosed with memory-related illnesses, it takes a significant toll on the resident and their family members. Here at The Summit at Sunland Springs, we take memory care seriously and work to make our residents’ lives whole so that they can thrive.
What is included in memory care at The Summit?
Memory care at The Summit includes assistance with daily living activities such as showering, dressing, and toileting. Some of the other services residents receive are three nutritious meals and snacks each day, housekeeping and laundry, and access to a calendar of activities that provide engagement and fun. Other services and amenities are listed below:
- Uniquely designed, well-appointed private and companion studios
- Beautiful, secure courtyards
- Private showers and shower benches in each unit
- Utilities and basic cable included, except phone
- Three delicious meals daily plus snacks
- 24-hr emergency response system
- On-site services such as podiatry, dental, hearing, x-rays, etc.
- On-site beauty salon
- Medication management
- Transportation services available
- It’s Never 2 Late dementia Care Interface
Our Life Engagement program encompasses activities to provide social, intellectual, physical, and emotional support, considering each resident’s abilities and levels of wellness.
Our holistic approach to care is designed to engage our residents and meet them where they are! Everyone is unique. In order to do so successfully, we rely on knowing and understanding each resident’s specific personal history and needs. By understanding a person’s past, and their routine, it enables us to assist them in the present and guide them through their journey.
At the Summit, the team does its best to tailor every day around each resident’s specific interests, history, and routine to promote cognitive, sensory, creative, and physical skills. Daily activities are specifically designed to nurture the spirit of residents by providing life skills and tasks that our residents enjoyed doing in the past to help bring a sense of purpose to the present.
In addition to our basic Memory Care services, we can assist with an alternative approach that may be a benefit to your loved one. Below is a brief summary of this method we call The Enhance Protocol. Ask us for more information to see if it may be right for your loved one. Additional fees apply when the Enhance Protocol is followed.
Together with A Mind for All Seasons, we have implemented the Enhance Protocol™, a set of cutting-edge tools and systems designed to improve the cognitive functioning of our residents and their family members. This protocol is based on research by renowned neurologist Dr. Dale Bredesen and opens a pathway to improving cognitive functioning for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. This Protocol can be beneficial not only in Memory Care settings but also in Assisted Living and Independent Living settings for those wanting to be proactive in improving one’s brain health.
We invite you to learn more about our innovative Enhance Protocol™! Please visit this page for more information, or stop by our beautiful community to speak with an expert.
When is it time for memory care?
Moving people with early stages of dementia into memory care communities sooner results in a better outcome for residents’ mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Below are clear signs it’s the right time for memory care.
Alzheimer’s or dementia-related diagnosis – Your best time to begin visiting and exploring memory care communities is once there is a diagnosis. Your aging loved one needs to have a say in their future. Transitioning earlier enables an adjustment time, so elders become familiar with their surroundings, make friends, and connect with staff.
Caregiver burnout – Caregiver burnout is physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need or try to do more than they can do, physically or financially. Suppose you find yourself stuck between an aging parent requiring care, a job, and the needs of your own family. In this case, memory care is encouraged.
A decline in overall health – As memory loss sets in, so do reductions in ACLs like personal hygiene and forgetting to eat. A sunken posture, weight loss, and medication management are some other problems. Getting lost and losing track of days and times has a disastrous effect on one’s health and well-being, in addition to being at risk for injury or becoming the victim of crimes. A person with dementia is more prone to being injured at home and less able to remember how to seek help.
Reduced social life – The social life of someone with dementia dwindles considerably, accelerating the condition. Residents in memory care communities have vibrant social lives. Daily activities, excursions, and creative outlets keep the mind active and engaged.
Your instincts are telling you something – You inevitably know your loved one more than anyone. If your intuition tells you it’s time to move a senior into memory care, it’s probably true. If you feel worried about your loved one’s safety, it is a good indication that they would benefit from a memory care community.