Find Help and Hope in a United Church Homes Memory Care Community

Providing Comfort and Support for Older Adults with Memory Challenges

Mom misplaced her keys … again. Dad excitedly told you a story about a new friend, but you know that he actually met this “new” friend several months ago.

If you notice that a friend or loved one is becoming forgetful or showing signs of memory loss, how do you determine whether the changes are simply due to aging, or if something more is happening? Because dementia encompasses a number of conditions, symptoms vary greatly.

Nearly 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease today, with numbers projected to more than double by 2050. While there are differences between Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions, the emotional impact on families remains the same.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s memory loss, what are your options?

  • Are you able to talk with your loved one about your concerns?
  • Is your loved one willing to speak with their doctor?
  • Can you share your concerns with their doctor?

If your loved one is resistant to talk with a doctor but you feel their safety is at risk, write down your concerns and share them with your loved one and their healthcare provider. Hearing the concerns from a trusted healthcare adviser may be more effective than hearing from an adult child, friend or spouse, no matter how sincere or well meaning the message may be. Consider scheduling a consultation with a medical professional if your loved one has significant difficulty with at least two of the following:

  • Memory
  • Communication/language
  • Ability to focus/pay attention
  • Reasoning/judgment
  • Visual perception

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Person-directed Living

  • Personal choice matters
  • Individualized care plans
  • Staff training in Comfort Matters® care model
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Faith-inspired Living

  • Full-time chaplains
  • Spiritual wellness programs
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Abundant Living

  • Calm, secure neighborhoods
  • Friends and neighbors
  • Scheduled life enrichment activities

What Are My Options If My Loved One Is Diagnosed?

If a medical professional diagnoses dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, what are your options? About 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. But what happens when caring for your loved one at home is no longer an option?

That’s when a United Church Homes memory support neighborhood can provide help and hope for families and their loved ones. We offer innovative programs and living arrangements that improve the quality of life for people living with dementia or related conditions.

The amenities in UCH communities supporting memory care include:

  • Person-directed care focuses on individual wants and preferences
  • Comfort care meets a broad spectrum of needs
  • Innovative and proven memory care programming
  • Specially designed neighborhoods minimize stress and promote calm
  • 24-hour care assistance
  • Residents furnish living spaces with familiar belongings
  • Active community life and engagement opportunities
  • Faith-inspired communities with full-time chaplains
  • Purposeful living in mind, body and spirit
  • Welcome and affirming culture
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Memory Care is Available at

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    Chapel Hill Community
    Canal Fulton, OH
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    Fairhaven Community
    Upper Sandusky, OH
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    Four Winds Community
    Jackson, OH
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    Friendship Village Columbus
    Columbus, OH
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    Harmar Place
    Marietta, OH
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    Parkvue Community
    Sandusky, OH
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    Patriot Ridge Community
    Fairborn, OH
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    Pilgrim Manor
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    SEM Haven
    Milford, OH
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    Trinity Community
    Beavercreek, OH

UCH Memory Support Communities Promote Mindfulness and Improve Quality of Life


It begins with Comfort Matters®, an innovative memory support program designed to offer a holistic approach to improve the quality of care and quality of life for older adults living with these conditions. All UCH communities already have or are in the process of attaining the Comfort Matters® accreditation in this proven approach that focuses on individual needs and life patterns by observing and interpreting a person’s actions.

By getting to know each resident really well, caregivers learn to anticipate their needs and wants. Residents enjoy meaningful interactions and minimized stress that can interfere with their daily lives. Families can visit as they wish and feel confident that their loved ones receive compassionate and attentive care.

Other memory care programs include:

Opening Minds through Art: Residents are paired with trained volunteers to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art and self-expression.

Music & Memory: Residents receive iPods with personalized playlists of 100 — 200 songs that can tap into deep memories and help people re-engage with others.

Eversound: Wireless headphones help to empower residents to socialize, participate and engage in community activities.

United Church Homes is committed to reducing the use of antipsychotic medication in our memory care neighborhoods. Our current usage is 11.5 percent compared to the national average of 19.3 percent.