According to the Alzheimer’s Association, of those residing in residential care homes, 40% have some sort of dementia. Memory care , also called Alzheimer’s care, is similar to assisted living, but are specialized in people with dementia, and in most cases, are wings of assisted living facilities. It’s common for dementia care to have more staff than regular assisted living, and for the units to be locked to prevent patients from wandering.
Regular assisted living may be appropriate for those in the early to middle stages of dementia, but as the disease progresses, residential memory care is more appropriate for those who require a greater degree of care. Along with services provided in regular assisted living, such as assistance with daily activities (bathing, personal hygiene, dressing, etc.), meals, basic housecleaning, 24-hour emergency care, medication management, and social activities, residential memory care caters specifically to persons with dementia. Staff is knowledgeable about how the disease progresses, common problematic behaviors and how to handle them, and provide activities that engage persons with dementia.
Memory care is more expensive than is regular assisted living, given the specialty training of staff, the higher level of supervision, and the increased patient to staff ratio. Click here to learn more about how assisted living differs from assisted memory care.
Finding the right assisted living / residential memory care community for your loved one is difficult both emotionally and logistically. For more information, contact Spring Arbor.