How Behavioral Assisted Living Helps Manage Dementia in Senior Care Communities

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Having a loved one be diagnosed with dementia can be devastating and overwhelming. Although family members can do their best to provide support, the symptoms will eventually be too much for one individual to manage. In this blog, we’ll cover what behavioral assisted living is and the role it plays in managing dementia in senior care communities.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a degenerative neurological condition that affects millions of seniors around the world. It affects the ability of the brain to process information, leading to memory loss, confusion, and other cognitive impairments. This condition requires specialized care and a team of professional caregivers and medical practitioners to manage. 

What is behavioral assisted living?

Behavioral assisted living is an approach to dementia care that focuses on addressing the underlying behavioral symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, aggression, and depression. It involves creating a supportive environment that is designed to meet the unique needs of each resident. Behavioral assisted living is a person-centered approach that emphasizes meeting residents where they are and building strong relationships.

The goal of behavioral assisted living is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for seniors living with dementia.The behavioral symptoms of dementia are the result of the person’s inability to communicate their needs and feelings effectively. By providing a supportive environment, caregivers can help seniors with dementia express themselves in a way that is meaningful and understandable.

The strategies of behavioral assisted living in dementia care

1. Individualized care plans

Residents, family members, and caregivers collaborate to create an individualized care plan that outlines the senior’s unique needs and preferences, and provides guidance on how best to address behavioral symptoms. 

2. Cognitive stimulation 

Cognitive stimulation is a key component of behavioral assisted living for seniors with dementia. It involves engaging seniors in activities that challenge their cognitive abilities, such as puzzles, memory games, and art projects. By keeping the brain active, seniors with dementia can improve their cognitive function and delay the progression of the disease. It may also reduce the occurrence of symptoms such as wandering and agitation.

3. Exercise

Exercise improves mood and sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes an overall sense of wellbeing. It can also help seniors maintain their physical health. Caregivers can work with seniors to develop an exercise routine that is tailored to their abilities and interests.

4. Social engagement

Social isolation is a common problem for seniors with dementia, and it can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. By promoting social engagement, caregivers can help seniors feel connected to their community and maintain their sense of identity. Social engagement may include activities such as group outings, social events, and one-on-one interactions with caregivers.

Behavioral assisted living is an effective approach to managing dementia in senior care communities. It is an approach that can help seniors with dementia live fulfilling and meaningful lives, despite the challenges of their condition.

Compassionate Assisted Living & Memory Care Communities in Michigan

At Courtyard Manor, we offer a safe and comfortable place for your senior loved one to age. Our philosophy, training, and engagement focuses on meeting your loved one where they are. This unique approach provides comfort, joy and a higher quality of life for those with dementia.  Schedule a consultation to learn more about our assisted living communities.