Everything You Need to Know About
Memory Care is a form of long term senior care that provides assistance and support to seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory impairing illnesses. Unlike Assisted Living, Independent Living, or Skilled Nursing, Memory Care specializes in the full care and supervision of seniors who can no longer take care of themselves due to their illness.
Memory Care Overview
Memory Care provides fully comprehensive assistance with daily living. In general, Memory Care caters to seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but don’t require specialized care like that provided by Skilled Nursing. Most Memory Care locations offer a healthy range of community activities, ranging from daily exercise and therapy, to movie and game night.
Most Memory Care locations offer a high level of personal services, such as laundry, meal preparation, medication management, etc. Memory Care locations usually offer a higher level of health care than Assisted Living, but not as much as Skilled Nursing (which doesn’t necessarily deal with memory related illnesses.) Due to the nature of memory related illnesses and their risks, personal freedom is fairly limited at Memory Care locations.
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How much does it cost?
The cost of Memory Care varies greatly depending on several determining factors, including the type of residence, the size of the apartment/room, the types of services required by the individual, the geographic location of the community, and it’s proximity to other favorable amenities. Due to the high level of care required, you can expect Memory Care to cost anywhere between $2,000 and $7,000 per month. The national average in 2012 was near $5,000 per month for a single Memory Care resident (Genworth.com.) Memory Care locations can charge additional entrance fees, security deposits, and other fees for special services. These vary from location to location.