Assisted Living for Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Memory Care

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Memory care is for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia

If you’re looking for assisted living for an older adult with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other cognitive impairments, a memory care community is usually a good choice. They’re places where seniors with dementia get the specialized care they need.


What makes memory care different from assisted living?

Memory care communities are typically in dedicated floors or wings. They’re separate from the regular assisted living areas because the environment is secured against wandering and designed to be calming and easy to navigate.

In memory care, the staff are trained to work with older adults with cognitive impairments. There is 24 hour supervision and a higher staff to patient ratio for a greater level of care.

Memory care residents get help with important daily tasks, like taking medication, bathing, dressing, and eating. There are also structured activities, exercise, and therapy programs.


How much does Alzheimer’s and dementia care cost?

Because of the specialized care and larger staff, memory care usually costs more than other senior living options.

According to, the cost of memory care for a single resident could range from $3,000 to $5,800 per month. Of course, costs will still depend on factors like: level of care needed, type of room, and community location.


What to look for in a memory care community

When you’re choosing a memory care community for your older adult, you need to know what questions to ask. This handy checklist of useful questions helps you evaluate Alzheimer’s and dementia care communities.

Finding a good place can seem overwhelming. At first glance, every community might all blur together. These questions help you differentiate one place from another and find the best fit for your senior.


Next Step  Use this checklist of questions to compare memory care communities


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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: American Senior Communities

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