Assisted living facility in Ohio offers specialized care for Alzheimer’s patients

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June 30, 2011

A new assisted living facility in Columbus, Ohio, offers many services that are geared toward elderly individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia. The Columbus Telegram reports that Meridian Gardens will be unveiling a memory support unit next week that will have an increased number of staff that will be trained in Alzheimer's care, according to guidelines provided by the Alzheimer's Association.

The new addition to the facility will include a circular walking path in the courtyard that will allow patients to walk without the fear of getting lost, as there are no turns or dead ends. Alzheimer's causes memory loss and confusion and more than 5 million people have been diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Aging.

As dementia develops, individuals will begin to lose mobility and cognitive reasoning that can increase the risk of falling or injuring themselves, the Alzheimer's Association states. Seniors who suffer from dementia but do not live at an assisted living home can consider purchasing personal emergency response systems. Medical alerts can contact help in case an individual needs assistance and cannot reach a phone.