Alzheimers and Dementia Care Communities For Seniors with Memory Related Issues
Alzheimer’s Care Facilities are dedicated to take care of seniors facing memory related challenges. Hence these facilities are also known as Memory Care Communities or Dementia Care Communities.
Alzheimer’s/memory care is also offered by other senior care services or communities. Those in earlier stages of dementia may manage with home care services, adult day care, or an assisted living facility (ALF), while those with more severe illness can stay in a nursing home or hospice. CCRCs offering memory services are good for those who want to remain in one community while their illness progresses.
Many ALFs, nursing homes, and CCRCs have separate living and care areas for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These areas would have fully secured perimeters so that the seniors will not wander away. At the same time, the communities ensure that they have freedom to move within the facility and have a comfortable environment.
What is Alzheimer’s Care
Alzheimer’s/Memory Care facilities or other communities offering memory care typically offer:
- secure areas- often with more security and staff trained for memory impairment seniors
- medication assistance- important for seniors with memory impairment
- rehabilitation programs- including sensory stimulation, cognitive therapies, physical and occupational therapies, and other alternative therapies to alleviate symptoms associated with dementia
- other services typically offered in ALFs or nursing homes- like assistance with household chores, help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing or dressing, daily meals, and social programs
Alzheimer’s Care Cost and Payment Options
The cost of Alzheimer’s care depends on where or how the care is provided. For example, care provided at home by a family caretaker with home-care assistance might be cheaper than a memory care community, an ALF, a CCRC, a nursing home, or adult day care where greater level of services are provided. The size of the room and the location of the community also factor into the price.
Alzheimer’s care can be paid for with private funds, from checking or savings accounts, investments, etc. It can also be paid for with long-term-care insurance though this has to be bought well before the senior starts suffering from the illness to qualify through the underwriting guidelines. Some government programs like Medicaid also can assist with expenses but a senior must qualify by having assets and income below certain amounts.