Memory Care Units are for residents with middle to late stage memory conditions often associated with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. These safe and secure facilities are sometimes located in larger “assisted living” communities, or in smaller residential settings dedicated to serving memory care residents. In many states, special licensing is required. Memory care communities are typically staffed with specially trained caregivers accustomed to the unexpected behavior and reduced safety awareness displayed by its residents.
For the needs of their residents, memory care facilities will often set up the actual facility in such a way to decrease potential confusion and enhance memory functions. Programs designed to slow progression or alleviate symptoms include sensory stimulation; and, cognitive, physical and occupational therapies. Memory care offers 24-hour supervised care with daily meals, medication management, housekeeping and laundry services, activities and health management for residents.
Memory Care Costs
Memory care costs vary depending on the type of facility (private or semi-private room) and the level of care needed. Costs also vary by geography. Since memory care residents require a larger staff to resident ratio and additional training to ensure the safety of all the residents, the cost is usually higher than other communities.