Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia Care and Memory Care
Memory care is a complicated and life-changing condition with many names, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A decline in a person’s mental ability affects their safety and daily living. In addition, it requires financial planning, legal planning, and finding care as individuals' abilities diminish.
Dementia is a general term for decreasing mental ability to the point that it interferes with a person’s daily life. Troubling behavior such as wandering, forgetfulness, agitation, paranoia, sleeplessness, repetitive speech, incontinence, and other challenges occur as the disease progresses.
Alzheimer’s disease is a particular form of dementia. More than 5.8 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease (named after German doctor Alois Alzheimer). Alz.org projects the number to increase to 14 million by 2050. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that between 60-80% of dementia diagnoses are related to Alzheimer’s disease. Alz.org offers this PDF for individuals to take to their doctor’s appointments.
When the struggles of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or related illnesses are more than a patient’s loved ones or other caregivers can address, Sunshine Memory Care steps in to help.
Individual Memory Care and Focus on Safety
For those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, Sunshine Memory Care focuses on helping them concentrate on thoughts and actions to help them complete tasks. The focus is also on keeping those with dementia interested and engaged with the world around them. Reducing distractions, minimizing noise, maintaining routine, and establishing understanding is vital to improving that individual's quality of life. We help those with dementia thrive in a safe, comforting, and friendly residence. Your loved one is in good hands here. Our trained and devoted staff provides residents with exceptional care and a sense of belonging and dignity.
We find tremendous success in dementia care when all involved understand that the disease, not the person, creates challenging behaviors. Changing the person's living circumstances is a better approach than expecting dementia to allow the person to change.
Safety aspects of dementia care come from managing the person’s environment to reduce accidents, limiting access to certain things or areas, and being attentive and diligent caregivers, which creates is a place for mom or dad to feel safe.
Medical care comes from the qualified administration of medications, maintaining a healthy diet, and specialized therapies to improve cognitive awareness and help patients maintain a sense of personal control. Their healthcare needs are managed 24 hours a day by our team of certified caregivers, licensed nurses, and in-house registered nurse practitioners trained in memory care. We monitor and administer medications to ensure that each resident receives the help they need.
Despite the challenges of memory impairment, a person with dementia can live an engaging, meaningful, and joyful life. Our team works hard to provide a safe, secure, and social environment in our specialized dementia care facility. SHFI’s specialized memory care staff focuses on residents’ strengths, celebrating their successes, and finding ways to help them continue to feel that they are in control of their life. At Sunshine Memory Care, we develop daily activities that are meaningful for each resident. Keeping the mind and body active is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle at any age. We provide exercise and fun group activities for your loved one to enjoy. We offer daily exercise and encourage each resident to participate in engaging group and individual activities throughout the day.
Residence and Amenities
Our conveniently located and beautiful campus in Spokane Valley offers residents new shared rooms, family-style living and dining rooms, a secure garden courtyard with seating, a heated walking path, and state-of-the-art safety features.
- 24-hour care by certified nursing assistants that specialize in memory care
- In-house ARNP primary care
- Licensed nurse on-site 7 days per week
- Specialized dementia care approved by the state of Washington
- Medication administration
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Chef-prepared cuisine with Registered Dietitian oversight for special diets (for example, cardiac and diabetes)
How can we help?
Finding a place for your mom, dad, or other family member is a big decision. Call us for a tour or to learn how your loved one can enjoy a safe, comfortable, and engaged life with the trained and caring Sunshine team.
Sunshine Memory Care
1102 S Raymond Rd
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
(509) 892-4342, Office
Additional Sunshine Services Include:
- Enhanced Assisted Living
- Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy)
- Home Health Care — Medicare Certified
- Adult Family Homes
- Mental and Behavioral Health Care