Memory care can be found at many assisted living communities, but it is different from regular assisted living. Assisted living is independent living for seniors who want to live on their own but may need help with some tasks of daily living. Memory care is long-term skilled nursing geared toward residents who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other cognitive issues. 24-hour supervised care is offered in a memory care wing, unlike with regular assisted living. Seniors who require memory care are located in special, closed-off wings of the assisted living community.
If you are worried about your senior loved one’s safety and feel that they and you cannot manage their specific healthcare needs anymore due to declined cognitive function, it may be time to seek memory care. In a memory care unit, your senior loved one will get all of the benefits of regular assisted living, such as daily meals, housekeeping, laundry service, a place to exercise, and places to socialize with other residents. They will also receive added benefits like structured activities and programs specifically designed for residents in memory care.
It can be hard for us to see that our loved ones might need some extra help, but don’t ignore your instincts. Once you find the right assisted living community that offers the memory care benefits that work best for your senior loved one, you can put your mind at ease.