The Basics of Memory Care

There are so many families today who find themselves in a similar situation—they discover their loved one is struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and they need to help them get the care they deserve, only to find out they don’t really know much about memory care at all. This is such a common occurrence among families, as many families considering memory care are dealing with this situation for the first time.

If you are considering memory care for your loved one, but don’t know much about what it entails, here is a basic rundown of what memory care includes and what every family should understand about this type of care before they find a facility for their loved one.

  • Memory care facilities are a special type of assisted living community meant specifically for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-related diseases.
  • Memory care offers more than traditional assisted living services but still includes the basics like housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation services and daily assistance with everyday activities.
  • Just like other assisted living communities, Memory Care services can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual person so they can get the specific care they need, yet still live as independently as they are safely able to.
  • Daily activities are a big part of memory care, and they are designed to help those with memory-challenges to keep their minds sharp and active and to reconnect with their favorite hobbies or interests.
  • You will find that in most memory care units, the residents are quite busy during the day and they are on a very set schedule with their meals and activities, this is designed to help limit confusion for seniors with memory-issues and to help make sure their minds are staying as active as possible.
  • Many general assisted living communities will have a Memory Care unit or floor inside of them. This is because so many seniors today struggle with dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory issues and will likely need to be transferred to this type of care at some point.
  • You will find most Memory Care units are designed specifically with safe wandering in mind. They may have a circular design, extra lighting or enhanced security systems. This is because around 60% of individual with Alzheimer’s wander.
  • You will typically find Memory Care rooms won’t have the same in-room amenities as traditional assisted living suites. While they may still have an apartment set-up, they likely won’t have kitchenettes for safety reasons. Many Memory Care rooms are small rooms or suites or roommate style.

If you are considering memory care for your loved one, the more you know about this type of care service, the better. Memory care can be a great asset to any senior struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s and while it can be difficult to move your family member to somewhere new, these care facilities are trained to make sure your loved one gets the care they need and deserve.

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