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The Cost of Alzheimer's Care

- Friday, December 21, 2012

According to The Alzheimer's Association, one out of every eight adults aged 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer's.

Further staggering statistics show that over 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $120 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias. As the disease progresses, an increased level of care or assistance is required, and while a family may wish to care for their loved one at home for as long as possible, a person suffering from the disease will eventually need 24-hour supervised care.

Memory care, a care type providing unique and intensive assistance to seniors with dementia conditions, has quickly become one of the fastest growing segments of senior care options.

As the disease becomes more prevalent, it's important that families and caregivers are equipped with knowledge about Alzheimer's and memory care and understand the costs associated with the various forms of specialized care.

The first aspect to know is that in general, memory care costs are higher than other types of senior care. Two reasons for this are that memory care requires a robust, specially-trained staff and generally a purpose-built facility to provide intensive medical care and to ensure the safety of all residents. The cost of care can vary depending on specific factors, such as:

  • Level of care needed
  • Size of room
  • Whether a room is private or semi-private
  • Geographical location of the community

Deciding when it's time to move a loved one to residential care is a very tough decision, but communities with Alzheimer's care and memory care offer specialized support for residents. Individualized programs incorporate the interests, experiences and hobbies of those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, greatly improving their outlook and daily engagement. These communities also offer personalization options that will help residents feel more comfortable in their new environment.

Ultimately, preparing for this type of transformation in a loved one's life will require careful attention to many details. For more information, contact Spring Arbor.

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