There are various settings for Memory care today. Many Assisted Living communities have a secure area for those that need a higher level of staff assistance and are at risk of wandering. There are also sites today that require a dementia diagnosis for their residents.
Staff to resident ratios is higher in memory care settings and dementia training is required. For instance, it is important to understand the level of structure or programming provided in a memory care setting. For example, is there programming and structure 7 days a week?
Pricing can be more inclusive in a memory care setting or it can change as the resident progresses with the disease.
Adult Day: An Option Before Memory Care Placement?
As a placement and referral advisor, I’ve worked with many caregivers who want to keep their loved one home as long as possible. Home is where the person is most comfortable, and it typically is the least expensive option.
Yet, for a variety of factors, home may not be the best option as a loved one declines and needs more and more cueing and structure and support in their day. Spouses and caregivers need a break from always being on duty 24/7. Adult day can be a great option to improve the environment for someone with memory loss and to give a caregiver a break without breaking the bank.