Contact Info

541-608-7699


Administration
Dar Wolber

dwolber@roxyann.org

Registered Nurse:
Teresa Oliveri, RN, BSN

toliveri@roxyann.org



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Memory Care or Not?

It is no secret that individuals who are afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease or any form of Dementia have very specific and challenging behaviors that require specialized care.  In most individuals these behaviors will typically progress to a point where family members simply cannot provide the care necessary to keep the individual and themselves healthy and/or safe.  In addition, most retirement homes, assisted living facilities, and even many nursing homes are not equipped to deal with all the complex care needs of individuals with Dementia. When family members come to the realization that either they, or the current home where their loved one is living, can no longer offer the necessary care a sense of urgency and panic can often times set in.  During this process family members can also feel a sense of helplessness or even guilt for not being able to provide the care necessary for their loved one.  Although the process of finding the right long term community for a loved one with Dementia can be stressful and overwhelming, there are some things to be aware of that can help make the process peaceful and even rewarding. If your loved one suffers from Alzheimer's or Dementia and you are looking at Memory Care options please keep the following points in mind. 1.  A community specifically designed to care for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents will allow your loved one to thrive in their current physical and mental capacities. 2.  Having your loved one in the correct Memory Community will allow you to simply play the role of spouse, sibling, child, or friend without the burden of being the caregiver.  This allows you to spend time with your loved one simply enjoying your time together. 3.  The caregivers and staff in a Memory Community are specifically trained to interact and communicate with your loved one so you can rest assured that their needs will be addressed as soon as they arise. 4.  It is important to remember that individuals with Alzheimer's or Dementia suffer from a disease that causes their behaviors.  They nor you can control their behavior and it is completely normal for them to exhibit odd behavior.  In fact...it is expected!  This understanding takes away much of the "uneasiness" friends and family can feel when their loved one is not in an environment specifically designed for their condition. There are many other factors to consider when looking at Memory Care for a loved one but the points above are a good baseline starting point.  In Medford Oregon we offer the highest quality Memory Care services available in both our Residential Care Facility (RCF) and our Adult Foster Home (AFH).  We hope that you will come visit us if you have a loved one or friend who is in need of a Memory Community!