When is it Time for Assisted Living or Memory Care for Your Senior Loved One?

In this blog, we will review the similarities and differences between these types of Senior Living communities.
When is it Time for Assisted Living or Memory Care for Your Senior Loved One?

For many families, there comes a time when it is clear their older loved one can no longer live safely at home. Consequently, the idea of possibly moving them to a Senior Living community is brought up. Because every person’s care needs are unique, the question of whether an Assisted Living or Memory Care community would be the most appropriate for them.

In this blog, we will review the similarities and differences between these types of Senior Living communities.

What is Assisted Living?

An Assisted Living community provides care services for seniors who can still live independently, but need some assistance with what are known as the Activities of Daily Living, (ADLs) which include:

• Bathing

• Eating

• Dressing

• Using the Washroom

• Moving About

Senior man and his daughter talking at home
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The Services of Assisted Living

Assisted Living residents enjoy a wide variety of amenities and services, such as luxurious, well-appointed living accommodations, restaurant style dining, housekeeping, and enriching social events. Other services include laundry, personal care services, and transportation.

Who is Best Suited for Assisted Living?

Every person’s individual needs are unique, but generally speaking, Assisted Living communities are a great fit for seniors who can live independently, but need assistance with some mobility and self-care issues.  In addition, Assisted Living residents do not typically have significant cognitive decline problems. 

If you determine that your loved one may need assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and would benefit from having access to a wide range of amenities and services, an Assisted Living community could be a great fit for them.

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elderly woman reviewing paperwork with a woman

What is Memory Care?

There are similarities between the services provided in both Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. However, the key difference between the two care types is that Memory Care is designed for people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Whether a person has slight cognitive issues, or has progressed further, Memory Care can provide services to meet their unique needs.

The Services of Memory Care

Memory Care communities also provide assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), in addition to luxurious apartment homes, fine dining experiences, laundry, housekeeping, transportation, and access to enjoyable activities and events.

Residents receive 24/7 care by a team of highly experienced medical professionals. A needs assessment is completed for each resident, so their specific medical and care needs can be met in an enriching and safe environment.

Memory Care services center around providing the specialized care needed for residents to live lives of dignity, purpose and meaning.

Happy senior couple at home

Who is Best Suited for Memory Care?

Seniors who are experiencing cognitive decline and need specialized care on a full-time basis are a good match for a Memory Care community.

Frontier Senior Living Is Here to Help

Deciding the best type of care for an aging loved one can be quite challenging. The highly compassionate and experienced staff at Frontier has help many families find the perfect Senior Living community for their loved ones’ exact needs.

If you would like to learn more about whether Assisted Living or Memory Care would be best choice for your loved one, we are happy to discuss it with you. We cordially invite you to visit one of our beautiful communities, take a tour, and speak with our friendly staff.

Find a community near you
that perfectly fits your needs.

Nearby Communities

The Parc at Harbor View Senior Living

46 Lincoln Street
Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152
(857) 349-5044
Levels of Care:

Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Keepsake Village of Columbus Memory Care

2564 Fox Pointe Drive
Columbus, Indiana 47203
(812) 900-4936
Levels of Care:

Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Preserve at Hickory Woods Senior Living


Nashville, Tennessee 37013
Levels of Care:

Assisted Living, Memory Care