Both assisted living and memory care facilities provide for the needs of seniors and are growing in popularity. But what is the difference between the two, and how do you decide which is the better option? Below is a comparison that can help you make an informed decision.
What Is The Difference Between An Assisted Living And Memory Care Facility?
Assisted living and memory care are similar in many ways and offer the same services. However, a memory care facility focuses on these services. It provides additional offerings specifically designed to care for seniors who have degenerative cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and various forms of dementia.
These facilities and their staff members are better equipped to provide a better quality of life and address the needs of persons suffering from memory loss and the other symptoms attributed to these disorders.
Who Can Benefit From Assisted Living?
The seniors need assistance with meals and activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as bathing and grooming. Older adults who prefer greater convenience and less maintenance from their everyday living may also benefit from assisted living. It may be suitable for those looking for opportunities to be part of a community and engage in an active lifestyle.
Who Can Benefit From Memory Care?
Seniors who have early to mid-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s can benefit from living in a memory care facility. As the disease progresses and the symptoms become more pronounced, most families find it difficult to cope with caring at home and opt for memory care.
The facilities are designed specifically to be easily navigable to decrease confusion resulting in agitation and aggression. Exits and entrances have enhanced security measures to prevent wandering, and outdoor spaces are enclosed.
Activities and therapies are available to delay cognitive degeneration as much as possible for as long as possible. Staff is specially trained to manage the symptoms of these diseases and provide 24-hour supervision for residents.
Combination Assisted Living And Memory Care
There are assisted living facilities that do provide care in specialized units for Alzheimer’s or dementia residents. The residential units are usually located in a separate wing or floor of the facility. However, communal areas for dining, activities, and outdoors may be shared with other residents. The units have increased supervision and may take additional measures to meet the needs of Alzheimer’s or dementia residents.
A combination setting may benefit a senior in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s. They may be placed in the assisted living portion of the facility until symptoms progress to the stage where they will benefit from a transition to the memory care unit.
If you are having difficulty deciding whether to place a loved one in an assisted living facility or a memory care facility, contact Sagebrook Assisted Living. We will provide an honest assessment of your unique requirements and provide you with the information that you need to make the best choice for you and your loved one.
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