Sometimes memory care communities are part of a larger assisted living community -- you might find an assisted living facility with a special memory wing, unit, or "neighborhood." Some of these communities keep memory-impaired residents separate from other residents; some provide opportunities to interact and share meals and activities.
In other cases, memory care communities are entire residential communities set up to cater to the unique needs of memory-impaired residents.
SERVICES PROVIDED IN MEMORY CARE Alzheimer's care communities and memory care facilities usually provide:
- Room and board
- Engaging, meaningful activities
- Assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, toileting, walking, and eating
- Security and safety precautions to prevent wandering
COST OF MEMORY CARE The cost of living in a residential memory care community is usually between $3,000 and $7,000 per month.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME FOR MEMORY CARE Making a decision about moving a loved one to residential care is never easy. First, you'll want to talk to your loved one's doctor to understand her diagnosis and prognosis, so you can understand what kind of care she needs now and what kind of care she's likely to need in coming months and years. To help you evaluate whether your loved one needs more assistance, be sure to see our checklist: Signs Someone With Alzheimer's Needs Assisted Living.
HOW TO FIND MEMORY CARE To find a memory care facility near you, search by zip code here in the Caring.com Memory Care Directory. Be sure to look for reviews of memory care facilities written by other family caregivers.
Once you've chosen a few memory care communities to tour, use this
Memory Care Checklist: What to Look for, What to Ask to help you know what questions to ask to find the place that's best for your loved one.