The Difference between Memory Care and Assisted Living
In this blog, we will discuss what assisted living is, what memory care is, and the difference between the two communities.
No matter what lifestyle best fits your loved one’s needs, there is care available to meet their specific requirements. From engaging and purposeful Memory Care communities to an elevated assisted Living experience, finding the right level of care for an older loved one is not difficult.
Two very popular care types available today are Assisted Living and Memory Care. In this blog, we will discuss what assisted living is, what memory care is, and the difference between the two communities.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living services are designed for residents who can still be independent, but require assistance with what are known as the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). These include bathing, dressing, eating, using the wash room and moving around.
What Services are Included in Assisted Living?
In an Assisted Living community, seniors can enjoy various amenities such as well-appointed living accommodations, restaurant style dining, housekeeping, social events, and activities. Other services include laundry, personal care services, and transportation.
What Is Memory Care?
Memory Care communities are designed to help families find a safe and caring environment for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
What Services Does Memory Care Provide?
Memory Care also provides help with the Activities of Daily Living, and offers luxurious living spaces, fine dining, housekeeping, laundry, hair care services, transportation, and many purposeful events and activities.
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What to Look for In a Memory Care Community
Within Memory Care communities, seniors have access to 24 hour care, and the assistance of a compassionate, professional staff who works to meet each individual’s unique needs. When deciding on a Memory Care Community, look for one that focuses on its residents’ individuality, offers quality services and events, and is dedicated on meeting people’s long-term medical care needs.
How to Know Whether a Loved One Needs Assisted Living or Memory Care
Generally speaking if an older person can no longer live safely at home and requires help with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Assisted Living is a great care option.
A loved one who needs assistance with ADLs, but is also showing signs of cognitive loss due to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia would be better served in a Memory Care community.
The good news is that you do not have to make this decision on your own. There are many professionals in the senior living community field who can help you make an appropriate assessment of your loved one’s situation.
Frontier Management is here to Help
The highly knowledgeable and compassionate staff at Frontier has helped many families find the right senior living community to meet their loved one’s specific needs. Deciding on your own whether your loved one is best suited in an Assisted Living or Memory Care community can be difficult.
If you would like to learn more about our services, we cordially invite you to visit one of our beautiful communities, take a tour and speak with our friendly staff.