No more “normal.”
We know when the diagnosis is dementia, care can seem overwhelming, and going it alone feels, well, lonely. But that’s why Cornerstone is here, and when it’s your loved one who needs Memory Care in Texarkana, TX, reach out to us. For those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia in other forms — and for families currently in caregiver roles — we’re ready to help. We’re skilled providers of effective memory care, with a facility for adapting to resident’s unique needs.
Medical care of all kinds.
A long-time provider of senior living and senior health services in Texas, MRC brings a wealth of memory support knowledge to each community. At Cornerstone, that means supporting residents within our Assisted Living community with specialized care as long as possible until they’re accepted into Memory Support. We accept residents from Texarkana, Ark-La-Tex and beyond, regardless of their time frame or stage of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Our Medicare-certified Memory Care for seniors doesn’t come in a box; that is, we custom-tailor services to the needs, limitations and prognosis of each of our residents. For example:
- Mobility. If your loved one needs a walker or wheelchair, yes indeed, our center is designed to encourage movement rather than hinder the ability to explore.
- Behavior. If your loved one shows signs of confusion, repetition or aggression; if she’s beginning to wander or he suffers from depression or other disorders, yes, we regularly handle all of this.
- Assistance. If your loved one is unable to bathe on his own, or if she has diabetes matched with a serious sweet tooth so her intake must be monitored, yes, these are typical aspects of serving the whole person, and it’s not just our job but our honor to do so.
Open space, safe exploring.
Our residents live safely and happily in their new neighborhood, specifically designed to help them feel secure yet encouraged to explore via its open layout and accessible outdoors. This is a setting rich with encouraging activities and sensory stimulating therapy, all in a soothing environment where certified nurses and staff assist with daily activities and support each individual’s independence.
Making today a good day.
A resident’s typical day might include a walk in the secured memory garden, sensory games, a roundtable discussion, and even baking cookies as if in the comfort of their own home. The idea is to emulate life the way it used to be — the way they might remember it. Family members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in activities and care that might elicit personal memories (“I like cats!”) and improve quality of life. The atmosphere is calming; the physical, emotional and spiritual care is real; and despite natural frustrations, the focus is simply on enjoying each day.
Remembering the whole family.
Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia for one person affects the entire family and circle of friends. Our nurses and support staff make it easier for families to understand what’s happening so they can continue to support their loved one. With a multitude of activities for residents and family members to enjoy, we ensure family members feel welcomed at all times.
Offering respite relief for caregivers.
Families who provide caregiving at home can enjoy a break of a day, overnight or even a few days at a time, confident that their loved one is well cared for in a safe, enriching environment. If you’re considering placing your loved one with us and you live nearby, 2-3 short stays of at least overnight will enable us to prepare a residency plan and ensure that our Memory Support is the right fit for your loved one.
Hand in Hand Training
Through programs and activities that make every day a good day, Hand in Hand Training maximizes independence and individualizes assistance.
- Staff members respect residents’ dignity, increasing their self-esteem
- Staff training includes how-tos of resident interaction, reducing behavior concerns and controlling medication needs
- Staff members learn each resident’s history and incorporate that knowledge into daily life
- Families can track their loved one’s progress via regular reviews
- Support groups connect families to share concerns
- Residents’ improvements in sleep, nutrition and hydration can often improve relations with family members
Services & Amenities
The comforts of home. Plus help with the gaps.
Assistance with ADLs (activities of daily living) is a given in Memory Support, but we try to provide only as much as each resident needs to help maintain independence as long as possible. But when challenges can change from day to day, appropriate support always requires a ready smile and a big heart — in addition to these services and amenities:
- 3 daily meals
- Dressing and grooming
- Housekeeping and linen service
- Medication management
- Personal laundry service
- Scheduled activities
- Activity area and living room
- Full bath in each resident’s room
- Homelike interior design
- Large courtyard with walking paths and beautiful landscaping
- Multiple parlors and seating areas
- Private rooms and companion suites
- Rooms specially designed for memory support
- Rooms to accommodate couples
- Separate small conference rooms for administrative and family use
- Separate resident laundry
- Two dining areas overlooking a beautiful patio and courtyard
Music & Memory®
It’s proven that by calming chaotic brain activity and improving focus, music can connect with those with dementia, helping them to reconnect. That’s why we’ve made Music & Memory an integral part of our Memory Support program. Join us for classes, and learn how music can relax and focus your loved one as it quickly makes a bad day better.
Exercises! Exercises! Do your daily exercises!
As Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, continual stimulation is key to keeping the mind active. Consequently, the team regularly administers memory stimulation exercises, helping our residents by practicing a multitude of sensory stimulation activities, including daily devotions, storytelling, brain teasers and memory trigger games. We aim to “shake loose a memory” with each activity. Our caregivers are part of these activities, encouraging social engagement and promoting a sense of belonging to the community. Not only does it help our residents, but it’s a gift to our team. When our residents flourish, we know we’re taking the right steps to ensure the best possible quality care.
P.S. Memory Support is available as Home Health, too!
With the assistance of in-home Memory Support service, we’re able to help those with dementia and their caregivers improve their overall quality of life. Home Health Care Services include:
- 24/7 consultations with administrative nurses
- Bathing assistance
- Home evaluations that specify the modifications and equipment necessary for optimal independence
- Medication management to help prevent errors
- Memory support exercises
At the same time, Personal Assistance Services help maintain a loved one’s independence by providing:
- Companion services
- Errand services
- Light housekeeping
- Meal preparation
- Personal hygiene
Find out more.
There’s no better place for Memory Support than Cornerstone. To learn more about costs for current Cornerstone residents and community members, contact us to start that confidential conversation.
Memory Support FAQs
Dementia is the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia itself isn’t a disease, though it often accompanies diseases like Alzheimer’s. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances of substances such as hormones or vitamins. In contrast, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. It affects women more than men and is responsible for 60-80% of dementia.
It may seem odd, but the compassionate staff member who provides Memory Support services is gifted with a certain knack. That is, carefully selected and trained, each Memory Support staff member is, of course, highly person-centered, observant and focused. But beyond that, we look for a warmhearted temperament, together with exceptional patience, gentleness, and a passion for consistently providing dignified and respectful care.