When your parent or loved one is no longer able to function as independently as he or she once was, it’s time to make a decision. Putting him or her into a long term care facility is an unnerving prospect, and you need to know that you’re making the right choice of care. Two of the most common options available are assisted living and memory care. So what is the difference between the two?
The difference comes down mainly to the purpose for each facility. An assisted living community provides a secure environment in which your loved one can live with as much independence as possible while still avoiding hazards and getting the help they need. On the other hand, a memory care facility provides specialized care and assistance for those suffering specifically from memory loss.
Both types of facilities offer many of the same services. They provide 24-hour care for your loved one and assist them with the tasks of daily living, including getting up out of bed, eating, getting dressed, bathing, and so forth. Basic medical monitoring is also provided with supervised care. Other services these facilities usually offer include:
• Security and staff supervision
• Daily meals
• Emergency systems
• Social activities
• Access to medical care
At this point is where assisted living stops. Memory care provides specialized services for those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s on top of this. This is reflected in the training of the staff, the security measures in place, and even in the facility’s layout.
Since memory care provides more specialized care, it tends to cost more than basic assisted living. On average, the price per month is about 50% more for a memory care facility. Thus, if your loved one doesn’t need specific treatment for dementia or Alzheimer’s, an assisted living community will usually be sufficient.
Making the Choice