Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory-related issues can be very challenging for caregivers. Patriot Senior Care’s senior living advisors can help you select a memory care and assisted living community in Northern California, CA that can provide for your loved one in a secure setting. Residents may live in semi-private apartments or private rooms and have structured activities delivered by staff members trained specifically on caring for those with memory impairment.

• How much does memory care cost?
• What services are offered in memory care facilities?

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, identified as a specific type of dementia. Whether an individual has Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s undeniable that they will eventually find themselves needing extra care and assistance as the disease takes a toll. While families provide for their loved ones at home, eventually, there will come a time when the patient may require 24-hour supervision and care. A facility that caters to patients of Alzheimer’s or dementia will be designed in a way to ensure maximum protection and care.

An example of this is the fact that such a setup will have secured areas, as these individuals are prone to wandering, a common symptom associated with the disease. Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia also need assistance in terms of medications and grooming—everything including bathing, eating, dressing, and other daily tasks fall within this category. With memory care, such individuals are provided with long-term and intensive medical care in an environment that is monitored and staffed with professionals equipped to deal with the technicalities.

The Costs

The cost of memory care generally tends to be higher as compared to other assisted living facilities, as it calls for specially trained staff as well as a higher staff to resident ratio. The expenses will vary depending on a number of factors:

The required level of care
• The room size
• Whether it is a semi-private or private room
• The location of the senior care community

In 2012, according to Genworth.com, the average cost of memory care on a national basis in the U.S. was around $5,000 per month for one resident. However, this will vary from facility to facility, as some such services incurred as low as $1,500 per month while others could go up to $7,000 on a monthly basis.

Services Offered

Within a memory care facility, residents are under round the clock supervision to ensure their safety, as well as the necessary meals, health management, and other activities.

Some of the basic services that are provided to residents include:

• 24-hour staff that comprises trained professionals
• Private or semi-private rooms for maximum comfort
• Meals on a daily basis
• Physical therapy and exercise
• Social activities and programs
• Laundry and housekeeping
• Management of medications