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Memory care is often provided to seniors who have Alzheimer's or dementia in a secure assisted living or skilled nursing home. Senior residents can often choose to live in multi-room suites, private rooms, or apartments while opting in for daily activities that are monitored by trained staff members in caring for those in need of memory care.
Alzheimer's disease is a specific form of dementia. As Alzheimer's disease or dementia progresses in a loved one, the level of care and assistance your loved one will require increases. Many families prefer to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible, while opting for in home care services, however, as a person who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's, they will eventually require around-the-clock memory care services.
Typically, residents that are in memory care will need help with their medications, bathing, grooming, eating, dressing, and other daily activities. Memory care provides intensive, long-term medical care to seniors that have serious dementia or other health conditions in a secure facility, monitored by health care professionals.
Memory care for a senior in need will often require a larger staff than other types of senior care services. This is a reason why memory care services are often more expensive, but it will depend on the level of care needed, room size and if it's private or shared, along with location of the facility.