All About Memory Care

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If a loved one is struggling with memory issues and you are struggling to look after them, it may be a good time to start looking into memory care services. If an assisted living facility has a memory care unit, you'd be able to receive memory care services there. Otherwise, there are memory care facilities dedicated to working on the memory. 

What Is Memory Care?

Memory care is the type of care that may be required for those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Memory care is designed to help those who suffer from memory issues. 

Memory Care Facilities

Memory care facilities, also known as Alzheimer's care centers, are where those who need extra assistance can go to have a safe environment to live in. The staff working in a memory care facility are specially trained, educated, and experienced with working with those suffering from memory issues. 

Memory Care Services

Memory care facilities offer a wide range of services, not only for improving memory.

Services can include:

  • Memory improvement exercises
  • Cooking 
  • Cleaning
  • Medication management
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Bathing 
  • Toileting
  • Laundry

Supportive Therapies for Memory Care

Along with memory care exercises, sometimes supportive therapies can be used as well. 

Some of the therapies used include:

  • Art therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Occupational therapy

These forms of therapy can teach your elders how to live with memory loss but also promote relaxation and reduce agitation and aggression. 

Benefits of Memory Care

Memory care and memory care facilities provide many benefits for residents. 

Those benefits can include:

  • 24-hour care for emergencies
  • Socialization with other residents
  • Improved diet
  • Memory improvement exercises
  • Safe environment

How to Know It's Time for Memory Care Services

It is hard to admit when your elder loved ones begin to need extra assistance. It's even harder when you know you're not qualified to provide that assistance. There are common signs to look for in your loved ones to know when it's time to seek memory care assistance.

Those signs can include:

  • Wandering
  • Confusion
  • Increased aggression
  • Hygiene needs not being met
  • Not taking medications
  • Sleeping problems

Cost of Memory Care 

The cost of memory care will vary depending on the level of need the resident has. However, memory care averages around $4,000 per month. This is including room and board at a facility and the services provided. Insurance won't cover the cost of room and board, but most insurance should cover the cost of memory care services.