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Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 05/26/2022

Options for Memory Care: Considering a residential facility

Options for Memory Care: Considering a residential facility

For older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, moving to a residential memory care facility may be the best option. These communities can offer varying levels of care, depending on the needs of the patient. They also offer valuable peace of mind for family members and caregivers.

Most retirement living communities offer options for individuals with memory care needs. Before selecting a community, potential residents and their families should carefully evaluate their current and future care needs. Consumers should also familiarize themselves with the wide variety of community options available. More information about housing options is available throughout the Sourcebook.

Life Plan Communities

These communities provide a full range of care options from independent living to nursing care. Residents with memory care needs would generally move in while they are still healthy and progress to higher levels of care.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer additional support for residents, including assistance with the activities of daily living. Many assisted living facilities offer services specifically designed for people with dementia.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

These communities offer round-the-clock care for patients. Some nursing homes have specialized units and specially trained staff to accommodate the needs of patients with dementia.

Special Care Units

Special Care Units, or SCUs, are also called memory care units and are designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These units are often located within other residential care options. Some of these units are locked or secured for the safety of residents. SCUs generally offer other specialized services, including highly trained staff and activities designed for individuals with varying stages of dementia.

Source: Information adapted from the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).

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