Creating a Better Memory Care

More Americans are being diagnosed with dementia-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s every day. The growth is exponential as our bodies
live longer, but our cognition, in many cases, can’t keep up.

Long term care providers who include a memory care unit need to get ahead of this wave and become informed, knowledgeable providers in order to best support residents as their cognition declines. This includes creating a supportive, safe, homelike environment. It also means helping families through the transition by finding ways to make them feel comfortable with the move.

“The number of 65+ Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease [is] expected to rise from 5.1 million in 2010 to 13.5 million in 2050. That translates to more than 15% of the 65+ demographic having an Alzheimer’s diagnosis within the next forty years.”* 

Electric sensor faucets automatically shut off, this helps people with dementia who tend to forget.

Memory care facilities have been evolving to provide the most homelike and supportive setting while finding ways to keep the environment safe. Fall prevention is a huge goal as the physical body declines, sight diminishes, and people with dementia might not remember their limitations. Products to help reduce falls include the following:


Memory impairment also creates issues with the operation of day-to-day products such as toilets, sinks, and showers. There are fixtures that can help people navigate their normal activities and, at the same time, support their limitations, keep them safe, and protect the environment from damage.

The items include the following:

  • Scald guards that reduce flow should water reach an unsafe temperature while showering 
  • Toilets that do not overflow should a resident attempt to flush clog-inducing material 
  • Electric sensor faucets that automatically shut off as people with dementia tend to forget to turn off the water – these prevent scalding with temperature presets 
  • Push-button, handheld showerheads for those who turn on showers without purpose and also assist caregivers in controlling water flow while showering a resident 
  •  Intelligent cooking systems that electronically control energy to burners for use in memory care dining rooms to prevent fire and save energy


Grab bar for senior citizens

Assistive devices, such as grab bars, help residents use their amenities safely.

Creating living spaces that allow residents to maintain their mobility and independence is critical to managing their overall wellbeing and quality of life. While in their rooms, residents often forget to use their walkers and sometimes resort to using furniture for support. As they enter the bathroom, it is common for a resident to grab the vanity and/or towel rack. When transferring up from the toilet, a resident may forget to use the grab bar and instead grasp the toilet paper holder. Assistive devices, such as grab bars and toilet risers, help residents use their amenities safely.

    Maintaining a safe environment and anticipating possible behavior is key to protecting residents as they lose their ability to make safe decisions while they try to move about independently. Consider installing the following:

  • Raised toilet seats to help with transferring on and off a toilet 
  • Towel bars and paper holders that can bear weight should they be grabbed for support 


Senior living communities should try to meet the growing demand for memory care by looking for better ways to support the memory-impaired population. Environment is key to ensuring residents are adequately supported in the best way possible while giving families the comfort that their loved one will be safe and receive excellent care. Products that ensure safety and independence allow the elderly the best possible life in their memory care home.


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  • Daniel Wicker
    2 years ago

    Great information!

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