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What is Memory Care?
Memory care is a long-term residential care arrangement specially designed for residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive impairments. Also known as Alzheimer’s care or dementia care, memory care is often provided within a separate section of an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility. This type of residential care may be the best option for an older adult with severe memory loss or cognitive decline who is no longer able to live independently.
Memory Care Facilities, Services and Amenities
Memory care communities are licensed facilities staffed by professionals who are specifically trained to provide care to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. These facilities are designed to accommodate older adults with progressive cognitive disorders. The care provided is similar to what is offered in an assisted living community – including help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, medication management, and toileting.
As in assisted living communities, memory care communities provide private or semi-private units, meals, housekeeping, access to round-the-clock nurses, social activities and transportation to doctor’s appointments and other outings.
Most memory care communities are designed to make residents feel safe, secure and oriented in their environment. Specially designed features include safety precautions to prevent wandering such as secured courtyards and doors with alarms. Many of these communities offer cognitive therapies and programs meant to keep the brain active and engaged.
Memory Care Costs
Costs for memory care communities are typically higher than other types of elder care because it is long-term, residential and requires specialized care. The average monthly cost of memory care in the U.S. is roughly $5,000, or about $59,000 per year.
However, memory care costs can range greatly and depend on several factors, including the community’s geographic location. For example, the average monthly cost of memory care in 2015 was about $3,100 in Idaho and about $5,800 in Maine. Costs also vary based on the size of the resident’s accommodations and whether or not the accommodations are private or shared.
Monthly fees typically include room and board, help with activities of daily living, at least one meal per day, social activities and programs.
Paying for Memory Care
Most memory care is paid for using private funds or with long-term care insurance or life insurance. However, Medicaid is accepted by some facilities, and veterans benefits are available to memory care residents who served in the active military, naval, or air service with an honorable discharge. Oftentimes, a mix of family funds and insurance may be used to cover memory care fees.
Memory Care Providers
Caring.com features hundreds of memory care providers throughout the U.S. These range from large national chains to local companies that manage only one memory care community. Many of these providers offer memory care within assisted living communities. Different providers offer their own unique programs, but many offer similar amenities.
Memory Care Reviews
Search thousands of reviews on Caring.com of memory care communities across the country to find out what residents and their loved ones are saying about these facilities. For a list of the top-rated assisted living and memory care communities in the nation, check out the Caring Stars of 2016.
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