Designed specifically for residents with a level of cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s Disease making it unsafe for him or her to continue to stay at home, who require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and with mobility in a more independent home-like environment than a traditional nursing home. Similar to Assisted Living in providing assistance with activities of daily living, Memory Care offers special programming designed to meet the needs of someone living with dementia. Many forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body Dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, etc., who require 24-hour monitoring in a secured environment that ensures their safety and quality of life. It can be a stand-alone community or within an assisted living on a particular floor, area or wing which features monitored hallways, decorative visual cues and secured outdoor courtyards to encourage independence while keeping residents as safe as possible. Activities focused on memory recall from past experiences are usually the staple of activities in these settings. Residents who are appropriate for this setting are usually the residents who have begun forgetting how to perform daily activities of life or who have been getting lost, wandering or going in other people’s rooms thinking it was their own. Memory Care allows a person experiencing memory loss to maintain a level of independence while relying on the safety and security of being in a residential environment with a staff trained to meet the special needs of those with memory impairment. Any type of dementia requires special care and understanding from the caregiver. Typically, the residents live in private or semi-private rooms and have scheduled activities and programs designed to enhance memory, supervised by trained staff members. Safety is one of the greatest needs for many living in Memory Care Communities. Most Memory Care communities will have safety measures in place such as alarmed or locked doors and wandering monitoring systems. Residents may also receive coordination of care with health providers such as home care, home health and hospice.
Note: An assessment, physician’s evaluation form within the past 30 days, a clear TB Test within the past 30 days OR a chest x-ray within the past 6 months to a year depending on the communities requirements.
Pricing & How It Is Covered
Private Pay – Month-to-Month Lease, (pricing can be structured by all-inclusive rates, multi-level rates and/or base rent plus additional levels of care rates), Long Term Care Insurance, VA Benefits. Prices for Memory Care vary with the residence, apartment size, and types of services needed. Prices range from $3000 – $7000 per month. The basic rate may cover all services or there may be additional charges for special services. Many have all-inclusive pricing, due to the fact that the daily needs of a loved one with memory care can change day to day. Memory Care is often less expensive than in home care or nursing homes.
Note: Medicare or Medicaid benefits do not cover Memory Care costs.
Services Typically Include:
- Alzheimer’s Care
- 24-hour staffing and secured community
- 3 restaurant-style meals served in a community dining room
- Assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s), such as eating, bathing, dressing, using the restroom, and walking
- Beauty and barber salon
- Caregiver support & groups
- Emergency call systems in the apartments
- Exercise & wellness programs
- Family engagement activities
- Health and medical services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, home care, home health, and hospice
- Housekeeping services
- Incontinence care
- Laundry services
- Maintenance repairs
- Medication management
- Memory care programing for residents with cognitive impairments such as short term memory care, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, etc.
- Offer a wide variety of non-medical services
- On-site physicians: dentist, in-house doctor, and podiatrist
- Respite care or adult day care
- Shared/companion, studio, private 1 bedroom apartments
- Social & activity programs
- Special diets
- Support groups