For Clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, a memory care community might be considered when a more independent setting is no longer a safe option. Memory care communities offer specialized care for those suffering from various stages of cognitive decline. Typically these facilities have a higher staff-to-resident ratio due to the higher level of care and supervision needed. Staff are trained to respond to client behaviors and adjust care to accommodate symptoms of dementia and provide appropriate interventions where needed.
Activities are often arranged that help keep residents active and engaged. In cases where seniors exhibit wandering or exit-seeking behaviors, locked facilities keep residents safe, while allowing them freedom within the community. Because of the higher level and continual care required by memory care residents, costs tend to be higher.
A diagnosis of dementia does not necessarily require a move to a memory care facility. However, if your loved one is exhibiting behaviors that might place them at risk, it is a good idea to consult with a physician or geriatric case manager regarding care options.