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Memory Care

Compassionate care for diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and family counseling for memory related conditions.

Memory Care at Lee Health

Memory loss disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia conditions can result in significant memory loss, confusion, and behavioral changes, making daily tasks and maintaining independence a challenge. At Lee Health, we understand the complexities that individuals and families experiencing memory loss conditions face. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing the highest level of care and support, aiming to enhance the well-being and life quality for those in our memory care program. Our memory care services are tailored to offer comprehensive support and assistance to those living with memory loss conditions.

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Memory Care Conditions & Services

Other Memory Care Related Conditions

In addition to treating conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's-related dementia, there are several other conditions or circumstances where memory care may be needed such as:

  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: A rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder, which leads to rapid neurodegeneration and severe dementia. 
  • Huntington’s Disease: A genetic disorder that directly impacts the brain, leading to cognitive decline, including memory loss, impaired judgment, and difficulty in planning and organizing. 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Caused by a traumatic injury or blow to the head, individuals who have suffered from a TBI may experience long-term cognitive effects, including memory problems.
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: A chronic memory disorder caused by severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1), most commonly caused by alcohol misuse. 

Neurological and Memory Care Services and Support at Lee Health

Learn more about the Lee Health Neurological and Memory Care services to support your loved one's memory care needs.

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    Neuroscience Institute at Lee Health

    The Neuroscience Institute at Lee Health offers a full spectrum of care for neurological problems. Providing comprehensive treatment for the community of Southwest Florida affected by a neurological disorder or diseases.

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Our memory care team is here to support you and your loved ones every step of the way.  Contact our team to schedule an appointment with one of our world-class providers. 

Complete Memory & Cognition Evaluation

When assessing memory loss, it is critical to have a complete evaluation to rule out any treatable conditions. A variety of manageable conditions—including stroke, vascular disease, toxins, nutritional deficiencies, infections and depression—can affect memory and cognition.

These conditions vary from Alzheimer’s disease, which has symptoms that can be managed, but has no cure. A thorough evaluation by the Memory Care team of specialists—which includes geriatric providers and a neuropsychologist—can determine if dementia is a factor in changes in behavior.

Memory Care Frequently Asked Questions

Memory Care Programs ensure your loved one is engaged and social through activites. Activites play a vital role in memory care by promoting cognitive function. These activties are designed to create meaningful connections through allowing your loved one to enage with others and maintain a sense of purpose. 

Memory care changes as your loved one ages as they may not be able to complete the tasks they used to. The older the patient is, typically the more memory care intervention they would need. Memory care will grow and change with your loved one as needed to best suite them. 

Alzheimer's and Dementia can be diagnosed through:

  • Medical history and physical examination: The healthcare provider will start by taking a detailed medical history, including asking about symptoms, family history of dementia, and any other relevant medical conditions.
  • Cognitive and neuropsychological testing: Various tests and assessments may be administered to evaluate cognitive function, memory, language skills, problem-solving abilities, and other mental functions.
  • Laboratory tests: Blood tests may be conducted to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, or infections.
  • Brain imaging: Imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans may be used to look for structural changes in the brain, such as shrinkage of brain tissue, which can be indicative of Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.
  • Neurological evaluation: A neurological examination may be performed to assess reflexes, muscle strength, coordination, and sensory function. This helps to identify any neurological abnormalities that may be contributing to cognitive impairment.

The key differences between assisted living and memory care are safety, staff training and care, ammenities, activities and therapies, and costs. Memory care facilities have more security features to keep residents safe. Memory care communites tend to have a higher caregiver-to-resident ratio as well as staff that knows how to manage difficult memory care behaviors. While both memory care and assisted living communities provide similar ammenities, memory care communites design the layout to reduce confusion for residents. Memory care offers both group and individual memory care activities and therapies specifically designed for seniors with memory loss. Memory care communities are more expensive than assisted living because they offer specialized care and services that assisted living communites do not. 

Comprehensive Care and Support

Learn more about care providers and specialists in Lee Health that can support your care team.

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