Often, people can live out their lives in assisted living if they have memory loss. Those who have been in their senior community a long time and have familiar patterns and routines can often do very well indeed. In assisted living, they are able to get help with medications and meals, participate in activities and arrange for escorts as reminders.
This can be a more affordable option than memory care. Yet, as the disease progresses and their world shrinks, care costs increase. Quite often, the environment of a memory care setting is more appropriate.
Three of the benefits I see for those with memory loss in a memory care setting are:
Staffing is improved
In assisted living, your loved one is behind a closed door. Instead of scheduling help for your loved one, there is someone nearby observing and directing them throughout the day in memory care situations. Usually, you’ll find a more well-trained staff working in memory care settings, and they are more proficient at redirecting and encouraging involvement in activities.
The space is generally smaller and easier to navigate when a person is in a memory care setting.
Activities Most importantly, the structure and engagement by the activity staff is designed for those with memory loss and should be available seven days a week.
Options are many and what is right for your loved one might be different for someone else. Things to consider are their physical health, if they are high functioning, if they need a lot of space to walk for example, and if they are difficult to care for or to engage in activities.
One thing is certain: the earlier someone moves to a community in their disease process, the easier it will be for them to adapt to their new space. If you need help understanding the options for your loved one, give Choice Connections a call. We are always happy to help you find the right fit for your loved one.