Via Christi’s Memory Care program is an option for those who are struggling with dementia or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of Memory Care is to provide a safe and secure environment with the familiar comforts of home and the supportive care of a professionally trained staff. The Memory Care Residence at the Catholic Care Center has been received certification in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction. This makes Catholic Care the only the fifth center in the United States to receive this designation, and the first and only in Kansas.

Memory Care is the right choice if you or your loved one:

  • Has trouble remembering normal activities such as cooking or dressing
  • Have difficulty making decisions, and sometimes appears confused with familiar surroundings and situations
  • Needs assistance with personal finances

The Memory Care program features a home-like environment with one, two and three-bedroom apartments. There’s a family dining area, creative arts center and a spacious living room. The Memory Care program focuses on every resident’s unique needs to maximize their functional independence. The program strives to:

  • Maintain personhood/personal dignity
  • Provide holistic care, nurturing the body, mind and spirit
  • Affirm the resident’s remaining abilities
  • Provide meaningful activities
  • Cherish each person’s unique personality and lifetime of experiences; keep residents connected with their past
  • Promote well-being through quality interactions with residents

The Memory Care program offers many amenities and services:

  • Validation therapy
  • Private resident apartments
  • Activity core area including music and game room, craft room and living room
  • Group living households
  • Courtyards
  • Secure environment
  • Pastoral care
  • Three meals and snack a day
  • Person-centered activity programs
  • Wellness monitoring
  • 24-hour personal care staff
  • High staffing ratio
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Medication administration
  • Assistance with activities of daily living

If you think Memory Care is a good option for you or a loved one, visit http://www.via-christi.org for more information and to contact Via Christi.

An article from Via Christi Life about the Memory Care program can be read here:  http://www.fetchtoto.com/region/wichita/toto-when-its-time-20120228,0,6399588.story.