Sylvan & Jean Orloff Memory Support Unit

Sylvan & Jean Orloff Memory Support Unit

Memory Care offers personal support and assistance for individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and struggle with any or all activities of daily living (ADLs). Memory Support Units provide a physical environment, activities, staff training and program philosophy which address the special needs of individuals with memory loss and related behavioral challenges. Our Memory Support Unit is an option we encourage for those who are at risk of endangering themselves and others due to their level of impairment. Our caregivers are particularly vigilant and conscious of each resident’s preferences, personality, and patterns of behavior. By keeping a watchful eye, we are better suited to detect any shift in behavior and anticipate each individual’s needs.

The mission of the Sylvan and Jean Orloff Memory Support Unit at Weinberg Village is to preserve and protect the dignity and well-being of individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and other memory illnesses as they face the challenges of their late-life stages.ᅠ We are here to support them, within their individual capacity, in a therapeutic, safe, comfortable, loving and peaceful environment. A Secure Environment is essential for the safety and well being of our residents with memory impairment. The Sylvan and Jean Orloff Memory Support Unit at Weinberg Village is a completely self-contained unit designed to provide a secure environment which allows residents with dementia, who often wander and become disoriented, to move about freely and safely, both indoors and out, without a sense of confinement.ᅠ

The OMSU is secure at several levels including perimeter security, staff supervision and monitored doors. The floor plan of the Memory Support Unit is designed with visual clues throughout the area to help orient residents.ᅠ Color coded rooms, easily accessed bathroom facilities, floors and hallways that do not impede walking, uncluttered spaces with well-lit and well-marked paths, and short distances between bedrooms and activity rooms all help to minimize confusion and help compensate for cognitive losses. Weinberg Village’s special Memory Support Unit meets and exceeds all the guidelines set forth by the Alzheimer's Association under the guidance of experts from the University of South Florida.

In addition, we strive to minimize triggers of agitation, anxiety, and/or frustration, while constantly adjusting the environment to meet the needs of our residents. Symptoms of dementia include:

  • Memory losses or forgetfulness
  • Lack of ability to perform familiar tasks, plan activities, and draw simple conclusions from facts
  • Language and comprehension disturbances
  • The person may not be able to identify the time of day even
  • He/she may not recognize his or her location
  • Decreased attention and increased restlessness
  • Wandering
  • Behavioral changes and psychosis
  • Delusions, suspicion, paranoia, and hallucinations
  • Sleep disturbances

Our facility’s amenities and memory support care:

  • Secure facility
  • Medication Administration
  • Engaging activities and programs
  • Personal assistance with activities of daily life including: dressing, bathing and grooming
  • Functional floor plan to facilitate redirection of residents