How do you know when a loved one is in need of assistance with memory support?
Assessments are required prior to making the decision to live a memory support residence. These evaluations help determine an individual’s cognitive abilities and help determine if an individual is appropriate for a memory support program. Generally, residents who are at risk for wandering, who require behavior management or frequent redirection are candidates for a special memory support program.
When should a family start the process of finding an appropriate living option?
It has been our experience that too many families wait until there is a crisis to consider assisted living or skilled nursing for their loved one. When a crisis happens, you may be unable to have the time to fully evaluate all available options.
What are the signs of memory loss?
Here are some indications that it may be time to begin your evaluations. Keep in mind that every individual is different and it is best to obtain a professional evaluation. Memory loss:
  • Repeating questions or statements, multiple phone calls with the same questions
  • Wandering away from home
  • Trusting strangers, falling for scams, becoming the victim of elder abuse
  • Forgetting to do things they once did like paying bills and balancing the check book
  • Leaving the stove on, frequently misplacing items
Difficulty performing daily activities:
  • Wearing same clothes multiple days
  • Bathing less frequently - personal hygiene suffering
  • Not bothering to cook for one person, skipping meals
  • Laundry and housekeeping becoming a burden
  • Spends time in only a few rooms in the house
What is the difference between a traditional assisted living versus a memory care residence?
Traditional assisted living provides assistance with daily activities such as medication management, eating, bathing and dressing, but with minimal supervision. Memory support residences cater to individuals living with such cognitive disabilities as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The personalized support services of both types of assisted livings enable residents to live in a safe environment while still maintaining a level of independence. Safety is paramount. For memory support residents, our highly skilled staff helps with managing cognitive issues as well as providing sensory stimulation and activities designed to nurture and engage.
Will there be medical care available?
There are licensed nurses on staff seven days a week as well as a Resident Care Director, who oversees all aspects of care, including medication assistance and communication with family and physicians. In addition, all residents have access to on-site visiting nurse practitioners and physicians, although residents have the option of keeping their own primary care physician.
What should families look for on a memory care tour?
It’s vital that the family and resident feel at home in a specialized assisted living. Visit during mealtimes so you can see the relationship between the residents and staff. Observe activities and programs to get a sense of a typical daily schedule. Note the safety features in place. Always ask as many questions as possible! References are an important part of the process -- it helps to talk with other families whose loved ones live or have lived in the assisted living.
What if I need more services than those provided at the assisted living residences?
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare offers a continuum of support that is always readily available to residents. This is a huge advantage of being part of the Chelsea Jewish family. These services can be easily accessed whenever a resident needs additional support. Our affiliate agencies include: Chelsea Jewish Visiting Nurse Agency; short-term transitional care and extended programs of medical management. Leonard Florence Center for Living and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home; skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center; a safe and secure program for individuals who need additional help during the day. Chelsea Jewish Aging Life Care; a program to help seniors and their families explore the different types of support services. Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care; compassionate care and resources for individuals and families.
Contact
Please call Andrea Hillel at 978-854-1812 or email ahillel@chelseajewish.org to schedule a tour or request additional information. Visit our campus to see what sets us apart.
Assessments are required prior to making the decision to live a memory support residence. These evaluations help determine an individual’s cognitive abilities and help determine if an individual is appropriate for a memory support program. Generally, residents who are at risk for wandering, who require behavior management or frequent redirection are candidates for a special memory support program.
It has been our experience that too many families wait until there is a crisis to consider assisted living or skilled nursing for their loved one. When a crisis happens, you may be unable to have the time to fully evaluate all available options.
Here are some indications that it may be time to begin your evaluations. Keep in mind that every individual is different and it is best to obtain a professional evaluation. Memory loss:
  • Repeating questions or statements, multiple phone calls with the same questions
  • Wandering away from home
  • Trusting strangers, falling for scams, becoming the victim of elder abuse
  • Forgetting to do things they once did like paying bills and balancing the check book
  • Leaving the stove on, frequently misplacing items
Difficulty performing daily activities:
  • Wearing same clothes multiple days
  • Bathing less frequently - personal hygiene suffering
  • Not bothering to cook for one person, skipping meals
  • Laundry and housekeeping becoming a burden
  • Spends time in only a few rooms in the house
Traditional assisted living provides assistance with daily activities such as medication management, eating, bathing and dressing, but with minimal supervision. Memory support residences cater to individuals living with such cognitive disabilities as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The personalized support services of both types of assisted livings enable residents to live in a safe environment while still maintaining a level of independence. Safety is paramount. For memory support residents, our highly skilled staff helps with managing cognitive issues as well as providing sensory stimulation and activities designed to nurture and engage.
There are licensed nurses on staff seven days a week as well as a Resident Care Director, who oversees all aspects of care, including medication assistance and communication with family and physicians. In addition, all residents have access to on-site visiting nurse practitioners and physicians, although residents have the option of keeping their own primary care physician.
It’s vital that the family and resident feel at home in a specialized assisted living. Visit during mealtimes so you can see the relationship between the residents and staff. Observe activities and programs to get a sense of a typical daily schedule. Note the safety features in place. Always ask as many questions as possible! References are an important part of the process -- it helps to talk with other families whose loved ones live or have lived in the assisted living.
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare offers a continuum of support that is always readily available to residents. This is a huge advantage of being part of the Chelsea Jewish family. These services can be easily accessed whenever a resident needs additional support. Our affiliate agencies include: Chelsea Jewish Visiting Nurse Agency; short-term transitional care and extended programs of medical management. Leonard Florence Center for Living and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home; skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center; a safe and secure program for individuals who need additional help during the day. Chelsea Jewish Aging Life Care; a program to help seniors and their families explore the different types of support services. Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care; compassionate care and resources for individuals and families.
Please call Andrea Hillel at 978-854-1812 or email ahillel@chelseajewish.org to schedule a tour or request additional information. Visit our campus to see what sets us apart.

240 Lynnfield St.
Peabody, MA 01960
978-532-4411
info@chelseajewish.org