How Memory Care Can Help Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
When a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, memory care is often recommended as an option once they need more help than can be provided at home. But when exactly is that? And while memory care can support their needs, you may not realize that it also offers much more than that. Here’s more about the signs it’s time for memory care, as well as the benefits and the cost of this type of senior living.
Signs It’s Time for Memory Care
Memory care is a type of senior living that is just for those with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. The staff is specially trained to nurture and support the unique needs of those with dementia and care is provided in a safe environment with opportunities for your loved one to find purpose and joy. Signs it may be time to consider moving your loved one from home to memory care include:
There are typically two types of settings in which you’ll find memory care: a neighborhood or unit within assisted living or a stand-alone community; although it may be on a campus that offers other types of senior living as well. Regardless of the setting, in memory care you can expect:
However, at GenCare Lifestyle, we take memory care a step further because we believe people with dementia can still have a full life.That’s why we created our PEAK memory program which is designed to engage your loved one where they are today while enhancing their overall wellness – mind, body, and spirit. The benefits of PEAK memory care include:
The Cost of Memory Care
According to 2021 NIC statistics, the average monthly rent in memory care is $6,935 in the United States. However, costs vary from state to state and are also impacted by the specific services provided in a given community. While certainly, that cost is significant, keep in mind that it includes living expenses that you pay for out of pocket at home (in addition to your mortgage or rent) such as utilities, meals, home maintenance, and transportation. What’s more, the most recent Genworth Cost of Care Survey found that the average monthly cost of home health aide services (assistance with personal care, but not medical care) is $5,148 and that only assumes 44 hours of help per week. All things considered, and given your specific circumstances, memory care may actually cost less!
For more information on how PEAK memory care can help seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, schedule your private tour today!
We can help you navigate the process and find the perfect community for you or your loved one.