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Having a family member or friend living with a memory impairment like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease requires a special kind of care and commitment. Family support is crucial and so is the commitment of the professionals you entrust with your loved one’s care.
The Valeo™ Signature Programs at our Chattanooga memory care neighborhood are designed to help residents thrive by engaging every aspect of their well-being. We’ll not only immerse ourselves in their past but also work closely with you. It’s only when we have a complete picture of the true person, that we can offer the most complete care.
- What Is Memory Care?
- Our Memory Care Approach
- Memory Care Services & Amenities
- Memory Care Staff
- Cost of Memory Care
- Memory Care Floor Plans
- When Is It Time for Memory Care?
- Tips for a Smooth Transition
- Take a Virtual Tour
- Memory Care FAQs
What Is Memory Care?
Memory care communities and homes in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area specialize in supporting residents who live with the challenges associated with memory loss and help them find ways to thrive every day – all within a safe and secure environment.
The difference between an assisted living and memory care community is that residents living in memory care need more daily living support and 24-hour monitoring and security. Memory care residents experience comfortable, enriched living along with programming that focuses on strengthening the mind and body.
Our Memory Care Approach
We offer a unique approach to memory care in the Chattanooga area. It’s a program designed to honor each resident’s preferences and personal legacy through customized care. We start with a wellness review to evaluate abilities and discover what’s most important to them. Then, we design an individualized approach of support that creates moments that are meaningful to them each day.
Derived from the Latin word meaning “to thrive,” Valeo™ includes memory-care specific programs personalized to individual residents. The wellness philosophy engages residents and encourages them to improve their well-being through four pillar focus areas:
- Physical: use nutritious food, exercise and active pursuits to improve physical wellness
- Social: fuel existing relationships and create new ones with both people and pets in the community
- Intellectual: fire up the brain with creative activities that engage the mind, helping residents recapture memories and preserve cognition
- Spiritual: connect with one’s personal beliefs and honor their traditions
The Floreo Club (Latin for “to flourish”) is designed specifically to minimize symptoms and delay the progression of memory loss. The programs, exercises and structure that the Floreo Club offers benefit those who want to stave off dementia and remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Like everything we do, Floreo reflects – and respects – the story of each person’s life.
Chattanooga Memory Care Services & Amenities
At Rockbridge Oaks, we strive to keep dementia residents safe and engaged so that they can live full lives. Our individualized approach involves key services including:
Specialized Memory Care
Our Valeo™ Signature Programs are all based on an individualized plan, personalized for every resident of our peaceful, secure memory care community. It’s all built on a foundation of whole-person well-being and health, backed by scientific research.
24-Hour Health & Safety Monitoring
Our team maximizes health outcomes through 24-hour health and safety monitoring. In addition, we coordinate all needed services to maximize wellness, including:
- Health monitoring
- Daily wellness checks
- Assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.)
- Personalized fitness and wellness programs
- State-of-the-art ALIS electronic health system (EHR)
- Coordination of ancillary and medical services by Wellness Director, including medication management, rehabilitation services, visiting physicians and more
All of our programming is designed to minimize cognitive decline for residents living with dementia. Our entertainment, social events, educational initiatives and spiritual programs are personalized so that our residents can thrive.
Our residents also have opportunities to stay active, eat well and engage with the larger community in Chattanooga. Our deluxe amenities include:
- Anytime restaurant-style dining featuring a variety of seasonal chef-prepared entrées
- River Pearls Salon and Spa
- The Rock City Fitness Center with state-of-the-art exercise and fitness equipment
- Depot Event Center
- Ross’s Landing Library
- Scenic City Theater
- Bluff View Art Studio
- Rehab therapy center
- Business center, meeting and game rooms
- Beautifully landscaped Maclellan Courtyard Oasis with pavilion, grill and al fresco dining, fire pit and entertainment areas
- Walking trails and lawn games
- Pet-friendly community
Convenient Living Services
Finally, we ensure seamless living by providing convenient living services such as:
- Weekly housekeeping and weekly personal laundry and linens
- Maintenance and repairs
- Scheduled transportation
- Resident and guest parking
- Concierge services
- Emergency response system in each apartment
- Accushield visitor and vendor tracking management system for added security and peace of mind
Our Chattanooga Memory Care Staff
Our Chattanooga, Tennessee memory care community is a family in and of itself. The team members that work here come to us because they want to connect with people and empower them to live stronger, fuller lives. We’re optimistic, caring and dedicated to residents’ well-being.
We don’t believe in limiting the potential of our residents, so we don’t limit the training we give our teams. All of us – from wellness team members to the experts in operations and dining – receive specialized training to support individuals with memory impairments.
The day-to-day needs of residents are our priority, as is their happiness. Our team has the permission and time they need to slow down and connect. That way we can create an experience and lifestyle that suits your family member’s preferences, with the extra support they require and deserve.
At Rockbridge Oaks, every team member is part of the support network, trained to go above and beyond to meet resident needs and provide an exceptional experience. But our goal isn’t just to support residents – we work to understand who they are, their stories and their aspirations.
Team members are encouraged to start conversations, learn about interests and share experiences with residents. We also empower every resident to take time for themselves. Connect and discover shared interests one day, then take some quiet time for relaxation and privacy the next. We support their needs and how they want to interact each day.
Families are often core pillars of joy and success for those with a memory impairment. Our memory care community is open to family and friends who want to visit, engage with residents and reconnect with fond memories. We’ll work with you to create comfortable spaces for connection and help you preserve the legacy of relatives and friends for your children and grandchildren.
Cost of Memory Care in Chattanooga
Given the comprehensive nature of memory care, it’s typically more expensive than other types of senior care. Nationwide, the cost of memory care is $6,935 per month. However, the final price will depend on the community’s location, amenities and floor plans.
At Rockbridge Oaks, our all-inclusive Chattanooga memory care neighborhood starts at $6,100 per month. This pricing includes a private studio and a suite of specialized memory-enhancing amenities.
How to Pay for Memory Care
The cost of memory care doesn’t have to stand in the way of excellent care, nor should it drain your family’s finances. Many can obtain private and public resources to assist in covering the costs of helpful services. These resources can include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Retirement Savings
- Home Equity
- Social Security
- Long-term Insurance
- And more
Chattanooga Memory Care Community Floor Plans
At Rockbridge Oaks, we have specially designed our memory care neighborhood for safety and comfort. All our spaces are welcoming and well-lit to create an atmosphere of calm, including in common areas.
In addition, we’re proud to offer private studio floor plans for our memory care residents. Every apartment comes with a private thermostat and an emergency response system, so you have the peace of mind that your loved one is safe.
When Is It Time for Memory Care?
Adults experience memory impairments in different ways, making it difficult to know when it’s the right time to consider professional memory care. Below are a few signs to look for:
- Appearing less able to perform basic routines, including brushing teeth or performing basic grooming needs
- Forgetting to eat
- Sleeping erratically or awakening disoriented even in familiar surroundings
- Losing interest in even casual social interaction
- Seeming increasingly out of touch
- Appearing abnormally anxious or moody
Experiencing any of the above may indicate it’s the right time to explore the additional structured support of a memory care community in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Tips for a Smooth Transition to Memory Care
It’s important to thoughtfully plan the move to a memory care community. During the transition, your loved one may experience heightened confusion and vulnerability. To make the change as smooth and comforting as possible, here are some best practices to follow:
- Personalize the studio ahead of time. Decorate the space and make sure your loved one has access to all their most comforting items.
- Introduce your loved one to staff and residents in advance. Visiting a few times beforehand can help your loved one gain some familiarity.
- Coordinate with the community to plan extra one-on-one time, favorite activities and comforting snacks at the start.
- Visit often in the first few months. Check-in often with your loved one in the first few months and get reports from the community on how they’re doing.
- Recognize that it may take time. Transitions are never flawless. Give your loved one time to adjust to the new atmosphere.
Take a Virtual Tour of Our Chattanooga Memory Care Community
Memory care communities like ours allow individuals living with dementia to thrive. As you research potential communities in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, it’s useful to learn more about the daily challenges of dementia.
Our memory care virtual tour puts you face-to-face with the tough situations that individuals with memory impairments deal with on a daily basis. The sensory simulation is designed to increase understanding, so you can strengthen ties with friends and family members.
If you’re interested in taking a virtual tour or want to hear more about how residents are living their best lives at our Chattanooga memory care neighborhood, contact us online or dial (423) 558-2000 today!
Chattanooga Memory Care FAQs
What’s the difference between assisted living and memory care?
Although forgetfulness and physical limitations may be expected for older adults, it’s not a given that everyone who requires minimal assistance with daily tasks will at some point need the higher level of specialized assistance that a memory care community provides.
In general, residents in assisted living communities require some level of assistance with self-care, such as bathing, eating, grooming, etc. In contrast, memory care is a comprehensive community that’s ideal for individuals with mid-to-late stage dementia. It’s provided by specially trained team members and involves 24/7 care for the safety and well-being of residents.
Does Medicare cover the costs of memory care?
No, Medicare doesn't typically cover the cost of living in a memory care and assisted living community. However, Medicare will cover any medical treatments and therapies received while living in a memory care neighborhood like Rockbridge Oaks. (Note that this doesn’t extend to the monthly rental of their apartment).
Is it better to move to memory care or age-in-place?
Dementia is a complex condition that requires specialized care. As your parent’s dementia evolves, you may find that a memory care community is the best way to meet their physical, intellectual and social needs.
While aging-in-place may be right for some families, providing 24/7 care can be difficult on caregivers and ultimately may not provide the most enriching environment. Boredom and isolation at home can lead to quicker mental decline, which is why the social atmosphere and recreational activities at a memory care community can be highly beneficial to residents.