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LINDA CARRASCO SHARES HER MEMORY CARE JOURNEY Meeting You There For the past 30 years, I’ve dedicated my career to the health care field and older-adult care. It might sound crazy to some people, but I honestly believe God placed me on this earth to care for elderly people. It’s what I have always loved to do, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. Still, the devotion to those with memory care continued to stall. Everyone knew what happened when you went behind those double doors
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of each facility, and while this care was better than it had been, it was nothing like the quality of life people deserved. For some residents, what was through those double doors was terrifying.
In the early stages of my career, I was a social worker for a nursing home. I noticed this strange phenomenon of children bringing their seemingly healthy parents in for long-term care, simply because there were no other options available outside of a nursing home. There was no such thing as memory care or assisted living, so when Mom or Dad showed signs of a possible decline, children did what they thought was right. Heartbreakingly enough, I still have vivid memories of residents telling me, “This is where your family brings you to die.”
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Eventually, as memory care continued to improve, I was approached by Memory Care America to become the executive director at Memory Care of Westover Hills in San Antonio, Texas. Once again, I was in another position that I loved, and I saw firsthand the revolution of memory care. I was particularly impressed with the layout and style of our facility, which felt more like a town square with its patios, gardens,
I thought, There has to be more than this.
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care opportunities began to improve. The company I was working for at the time opened an assisted living facility, and I was asked to help with the opening. I absolutely loved this position, and it was primarily because I watched residents come in
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and apartments. I’ve since become the director of operations with Memory Care America, and I have the pleasure of overseeing five very different yet compassionate facilities. I’ve seen the
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caregivers' dedication to creating a better quality of life, including the implementation of sensory stimulations, hydration programs, and fall-prevention workshops. I am completely enamored with the mission of Memory Care America, especially since the care fits into our residents’ lives.
and actually thrive. They were living in a homelike environment,
they had a social life, they didn’t have to cook, and there was someone on hand to care for them when they needed it. Late-in-life care was vastly improving compared to when I first began my career.
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