Memory Support

Memory support, one of the special ministries of Southminster, cares for those residents living in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing by helping them and their families deal with the many challenges posed by memory-loss conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia related illnesses. Our care team employs the latest techniques in memory-support care to orient and engage residents, including one-on-one engagement, specialized programs, schedule reminders and assistance to and from activities. In a comfortable, secure community, Southminster offers the personal and progressive care our residents need and the peace of mind their families deserve.

Southminster’s approach to memory support follows an integrated model of care. We assess those afflicted with cognitive related issues by using the Allen Cognitive Level Screen Assessment and then developing an individualized plan of care that best meets the resident’s needs while keeping them integrated in the overall life of the community.

Helping residents with the basic self-care Activities of Daily Living or ADLs is paramount to what our care team does on a daily basis. Moreover, residents needing memory support most often require assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living or IADLs. IADLs represent slightly more complex skills and typically represent help with managing finances, transportation, shopping, and medication reminders as examples. Throughout Southminster’s continuum care, residents and their families can rest assured knowing that these important Activities of Daily Living in are being well-managed by our caring professional staff.

Additional memory support amenities:

  • Therapy to continually assess changes in completing the Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS) for individualized memory support services. The ACLS is part of a body assessment tools and references designed to provide an initial estimate of cognitive function. The score from the screen is validated by further observations of performance. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are used for further performance observation.
  • Enhanced Life Enrichment support, comprised of one-on-one interactions, specialized programs, schedule reminders and assistance to and from events.
  • A secure memory care environment that allows residents to explore their neighborhood freely, but with safety measures in place.
  • Increase oversight of ADLs
  • Behavior management as needed by all staff members.