Studies show that 1 in 10 people 65 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia. Cognitive decline is common, to a certain extent, during the aging process. But when considering senior community options, what is the difference between an Assisted Living community and one specializing in memory care? How do you know what if the right fit for your loved one?
Here is what you need to consider:
An “Assisted Living” or a “Memory Care” community is NOT the same as a “nursing home”. Nursing Home is a term often used to describe a Skilled Nursing Facility that offers 24/7 clinical nursing care. These environments, because of the patient/resident’s needs, look and feel like a hospital setting.
Assisted Living and Memory Care communities have “homey” apartment settings. Private or shared apartments are offered, and they are focused on care, but also have an emphasis on engagement, activities, and amenities. Many communities have high functioning areas that tailor to residents who want to be as independent as possible but just need some extra support physically and/or cognitively. That said, they are designed to allow residents to age in place and receive higher levels of care as they need it.
Remember that this is a collaborative decision, as any new resident moving into an Assisted Living or Memory Care will be evaluated by a Director of Nursing from the community to make sure they can care for their needs physically and cognitively.
If you are in the process of determining what care level is appropriate or which community is the best fit for your loved one, reach out to us for a discovery call where we can make sure you have all the information, options, and resources you need to make the best decision. We are a FREE service for Seniors and their Caregivers to help you along the journey!
You can book the call on our website www.sunwaysalc.com or by calling (941)867-0809.