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Memory Care Programs

Like you, we want your family member or friend living with a memory impairment like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to live his or her most active and rewarding life. Our Valeo™ program at our memory care community is designed to do just that by engaging every aspect of their well-being. We’ll not only immerse ourselves in their past but work closely with you too. It’s only by having a complete picture that we can offer the most complete care.

Page Contents:
Valeo
When Is It the Right Time for Memory Care?
How Should I Talk to My Loved Ones About Memory Care?
How Much Does Memory Care Cost?
What is Included in The All-inclusive Memory Care at The Pavilion?
Why Choose The Pavilion at Great Hills for Memory Care?
FAQs about Memory Care

Valeo (va-LAY-oh)

Derived from the Latin word meaning “to thrive,” Valeo includes memory-care specific programs created for residents with memory impairments like Alzheimer’s, as well as a holistic wellness philosophy. Every Valeo program is personalized for individual residents, taking into account their unique abilities. The wellness philosophy engages residents and encourages them to improve their well-being through four pillar focus areas:

  • Physical: use nutritious food, exercise and active pursuits to improve physical wellness
  • Social: fuel existing relationships and create new ones with both people and pets in the community
  • Intellectual: fire up the brain with creative activities that engage the mind, helping residents recapture memories and preserve cognition
  • Spiritual: connect with one’s personal beliefs and honor their traditions

The goal of the Valeo philosophy is to provide daily stimulation and give every resident personalized opportunities for one-on-one engagement. We help people build relationships and pursue their interests in an empowering environment.

Custom Programs and Support at our Austin, TX, Memory Care Community

What you’ve done with your life and where you want to go from here is unique to you. At The Pavilion at Great Hills, we honor individual preferences and legacy by customizing all our memory care programming. We start with a wellness review of each resident’s abilities and a discussion about their passions. Then we design an individualized approach of support that creates moments that are meaningful to them each day.

Our Valeo Signature Programs are all based on an individualized plan. Each program is personalized for every resident at our memory care community in Austin, TX, building on a foundation of whole-person well-being and health backed by scientific research.

When Is It the Right Time for Memory Care?

Knowing when it is the right time for moving to a memory care community, supportive care for people with dementia or other major cognitive changes, can feel like a big responsibility. People with milder memory changes may be able to live independently or in a community with a lower level of care, and not necessarily require this type of care. Often, memory care is part of a transition from an assisted living facility or skilled nursing care

Following are some signs that it is time for your family member to transition to a memory care community:

  • Major behavior changes. Significant behavior changes such as delusions or false beliefs, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, or social withdrawal often occur in dementia.
  • Significant confusion. Getting confused, disoriented, or wandering can present safety risks.
  • Incontinence or feeding difficulty. As dementia progresses, it can lead to difficulty with basic self-care, including feeding, grooming, bathing, and toileting.
  • Safety concerns. It may be time to seek memory care if an older adult is falling frequently, living in unsanitary conditions, or wandering outside the home.

At our retirement community in Austin, we can help you decide what living situation is best for your family member’s needs. Our team of professionals have extensive experience helping individuals and their families navigate these transitions.

How Should I Talk to My Loved Ones About Memory Care?

The transition to memory care can be challenging for both the person receiving care and their family members. It is best to let the conversation unfold slowly to give your family member time to adjust to the idea. Begin by expressing your concerns about safety and wellness. People with memory problems like familiarity and routine, so it’s normal if your relative does not want to move. Involving the person in some aspect of the decision-making can help to preserve autonomy and dignity. In the end, it is important to convey the decision comes from a place of love and concern, as many older adults worry about becoming a burden to their family members.

How Much Does Memory Care Cost?

Many families worry about how to afford memory care. At The Pavilion, we strive to provide comprehensive services with pricing transparency. Valeo, is our wellness philosophy for our memory care communities and is built on living a life with meaning and purpose.The cost for living at our memory care community starts at $4,250 per month and is an all-inclusive rate that covers all services for residents. When comparing rates between different programs, ask whether the rate is all-inclusive, as some programs include extra fees for additional services.

Ways to Pay for Memory Care in Austin, Texas

There are several ways to pay for memory care. Often, the details depend on your relative’s personal financial situation.

An option for paying for memory care is long-term care insurance. This is a form of insurance that is typically purchased in advance of needing care. Long-term care insurance often covers memory care facilities. The specifics vary by policy type, so it is best to talk to the insurance provider if your relative has this type of insurance. Ask about daily benefit levels, how long the policy will pay, and whether there is a maximum lifetime coverage limit. In many cases, relatives pay for memory care using a combination of the above options.

If you’re still wondering how to pay for memory care for your family member, contact us today. Our care specialists can talk to you about your options and make a plan to help you get the memory care services you need.

What is Included in The All-inclusive Memory Care at The Pavilion?

The goal of memory care at our community is to provide comprehensive services for all of your family member’s needs. This includes activities of daily living, such as administering medications and personal care needs. We plan mentally stimulating programming as well as social programs to foster connections between residents.

Valeo Memory Care offers the following amenities to our memory care community members in Austin:

  • Anytime dining in several venues, featuring chef-prepared entrees that cater to dietary needs and preferences
  • Daily wellness checks
  • Assistance with activities of daily living, including feeding, grooming, and toileting
  • 24/7 team coverage for around-the-clock needs
  • Medical management
  • Entertainment, social events, educational programs, and spiritual and religious services
  • Personalized fitness and wellness programs to meet your relative’s unique needs
  • Caremerge portal for family and community engagement, including feedback about wellness and programming
  • Housekeeping, laundry, and linen services
  • All maintenance and needed repairs
  • Scheduled transportation as needed
  • All utilities, except phone

Above all, we strive to provide our senior living community members with a warm, caring living setting. We also prioritize strong communication with family members to ensure their peace of mind.

Why Choose The Pavilion at Great Hills for Memory Care?

The Pavilion at Great Hills is a premier Austin TX memory care program. At The Pavilion, we bring years of experience in memory care to create a joyful, caring community for people with memory problems or dementia. Our skilled nursing professionals offer compassionate medical care and assistance with daily activities. We also provide extensive programming to support our community members’ mental and emotional health.

Our memory care program is centered by our Salus wellness philosophy. This concentrates on the four dimensions of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. This holistic approach to wellness informs our programming. When your relative joins our community, we discuss his or her unique care needs, goals, preferences, and desires. We plan individualized activities to support each of our community members. These might include:

  • Fitness programs to promote mobility and maintain strength
  • A “Creature Comforts” program to bring gentle, four-legged visitors to spend time with our community members
  • Opportunities to “travel” to far-away places through culinary experiences and special cultural programs
  • Mentally stimulating programs to support memory and other aspects of thinking
  • Music and art programs to stimulate the mind and relax the body

If you’re looking for a memory care community in Austin TX, look no further than The Pavilion at Great Hills. We encourage family members to stay involved in our residents lives through frequent visits as well as video calls for those who cannot visit in person.

Next Steps

If you’re seeking Austin TX memory care services, we can help. Call us today, or contact us online to receive more information about The Pavilion at Great Hills. You can also download our memory care guide and our community brochure to learn more about the amenities we offer.

Our counselors have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process of selecting a memory care program. We’ll discuss your family member’s care needs and any of your concerns. Then, we’ll schedule an in-person or virtual tour. We’ll happily answer any of your questions and help you make a plan for your relative to become a member of our senior living community.

FAQs about Memory Care in Austin, TX

What is a memory care facility?

Memory care provides a safe and structured environment for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Memory care communities and homes in the Austin, TX, area have staff members with specialized knowledge and training to help residents live with the challenges associated with memory loss.

Memory care communities typically provide more support than assisted living communities, and staff members evaluate each resident to determine which level of assistance each individual needs. The atmosphere of these communities is comfortable and enriching, offering activities that focus on strengthening the mind and body. In addition, a memory care community provides services that include 24-hour health monitoring, 24-hour security and daily living assistance.

What are the signs it's time for memory care?

The signs that it’s time to transition to memory care are different for each family. Dementia is a cognitive impairment that is difficult to predict, with symptoms that don’t follow a set timeline. However, here are three moments that may show your family that memory care may be the right next step:

  1. A family member has received a medical diagnosis of dementia. Moving into a memory care community can be an easier transition when done earlier, rather than when symptoms worsen.
  2. The family is stressed and overwhelmed by caregiving. Caring for a person with dementia is a more than a full-time job, and not all families are equipped to be on call around the clock.
  3. Family members are worried. If you notice a decline in your parent or relative's mental and physical health, beyond normal age-related issues, of if you worry about their safety, it may be a good idea to look into memory care.

Does Medicare cover memory care facilities?

Unfortunately, Medicare doesn't usually cover memory care and assisted living community costs. Medicare will cover any medical treatments and therapies that the person receives while staying at a memory care community. Still, the insurance coverage does not extend to the actual costs of living in the memory care community.

A Network to Support Goals

Our Austin, Texas, memory care community is a family in and of itself. The team members that work here come to us because they want to connect with people and empower them to live stronger, fuller lives. We’re optimistic, caring and dedicated to residents’ well-being.

Training

We don’t believe in limiting potential — or that of our team. Everyone in the community — wellness team members to expert operations and dining teams — are trained to support individuals with memory impairments. The day-to-day needs of residents are our priority, as is their happiness. Our team has the permission and time they need to slow down and connect. We’ll help build their own unique experience and the lifestyle that fits their preferences, with the support they deserve.

Interaction

At The Pavilion at Great Hills, every person on the team is part of the support network. Team members are trained to go above and beyond to meet the needs and provide an exceptional experience. But our goal isn’t just to support residents — we want to understand who they are, where they came from and where they want to go. Team members are encouraged to start conversations, learn about interests and share experiences with residents. We also empower each and every resident to take time for themselves. Connect and discover shared interests one day, then take some quiet time for relaxation and privacy the next. We support their needs and how they want to interact each day.

Family

Families are often one of the core pillars of joy and success for those with a memory impairment. Our memory care community is open to family and friends who want to visit, engage with residents and reconnect with fond memories. We’ll work with you to create comfortable spaces for connection and help you preserve the legacy of relatives and friends for your children and grandchildren.

The Pavilion at Great Hills is here to help you live your life to the fullest. Contact our team today to schedule a virtual tour and explore our senior living community.