Oregon has 271 memory care facilities located within the state limits. These facilities are staffed by trained caregivers who help seniors maintain their independence while providing a safe and supportive environment. Memory care facilities are often located on secured grounds to protect seniors prone to confusion and wandering. They also have accessible apartments with personal emergency response systems so that seniors can benefit from privacy and independence but still easily call for assistance if required.

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the Alzheimer’s Association expects this figure to increase dramatically by 2030. Memory care communities help those seniors maintain their well-being and dignity as they age.

Low-income Seniors Can Get Help With The Cost of Memory Care

The Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) offers help with the cost of memory care services for low-income Oregon seniors. This program can help seniors who would otherwise require placement in a nursing home cover the cost of care in a memory care facility, as well as help them access assistive devices that could make it easier for them to retain their independence.

Assisted Living is an Alternative for Seniors With Only Mild Symptoms

Seniors who have only relatively mild symptoms of dementia may be able to live independently in an assisted living community. Some of these communities offer the option to age in place, either by upgrading their care plans or moving from an assisted living apartment to a memory care wing. Some seniors may find having the option to age in place reassuring and less disruptive than moving to a new facility.