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PITTSBURGH, PA, May 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The dementia care experts at St. Barnabas Health System know that memory care patients need special attention and respond well to certain stimuli such as music from their youth. Special memory care facilities are growing in popularity because they offer programs specifically designed for patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
Why Memory Care Is So Important
Traditional nursing home facilities are ill-equipped to handle the needs of patients suffering from specific brain conditions. Memory care units are specifically tailored to treat these people and have specially trained staff who know how to respond to behavioral changes that are common with mental illnesses.
To shed light on the surge in memory care growth, a study by the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities in 2010 noted that nearly half of all residential care patients had some form of Alzheimer's. With a rapidly aging population, the need for facilities better suited to treat Alzheimer's, dementia and a slew of other mental health ailments is paramount.
Despite being more expensive than traditional assisted living programs, memory care can give patients and their loved ones the peace of mind knowing they are in the right hands.
According to Robin Taylor, Director of Public Relations for St. Barnabas Health System, "Some of the many benefits of these specialized treatment facilities include lower staff-to-resident ratios, which means more one-on-one care for individual patients, and enhanced security measures that are intended to better protect residents from harm."
St. Barnabas Health System is an established hospice care facility. You can learn more about their services by visiting http://www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com/.
About St. Barnabas Health System:
Founded in 1901, St. Barnabas Health System is one of the largest health care communities of its kind in Pennsylvania. Our four campuses in the Pittsburgh area offer a variety of residential options, ensuring the perfect fit for every senior. We provide independent retirement and assisted living, and nursing, hospice and memory care, as well as medical attention from our own medical center.
To learn more, head to http://www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com/.
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