Memory care is long-term care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia
They’re places where seniors with dementia can get specialized care.
We explain how memory care is different from assisted living, how much it costs, and share two checklists you can use to evaluate a memory care community.
How is memory care different from assisted living?
There’s 24 hour supervision and a higher staff to patient ratio for a greater level of care.
And in memory care communities, staff are specifically trained to work with older adults with cognitive impairments.
There are also structured activities, exercise, and therapy programs.
How much does memory care cost?
Because of the specialized care and larger staff, memory care usually costs more than other senior living options and, on average, about 20-30% more than assisted living
This is a national average – costs can differ by thousands of dollars per month in different states.
That’s because memory care costs usually reflect an area’s cost of living. When trying to keep costs low, consider communities in less pricey neighborhoods.
What to look for in a memory care community
Finding a good memory care community for your older adult can feel overwhelming.
At first glance, every community might seem the same and blur together. That’s why it’s helpful to have a way to compare them.
This handy evaluation checklist of questions helps you evaluate Alzheimer’s and dementia care communities based on the quality of care provided and practical aspects — for example, how easy is it for you and family to visit that location?
This additional dementia care checklist has questions that focus specifically on issues that are important in dementia care.
The questions give you a framework for differentiating one community from another so you can find the best fit for your older adult’s needs, budget, and personal preferences.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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