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Memory Care Facilities

Memory Care Facilities


Who Are Memory Care Facilities For?

Memory Care supports the physical and psychosocial needs of the elderly and other individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. These services are provided in a Alzheimer’s Care Facility which can also be in a secure, locked wing for the safety of those who have the tendency to wander.

Memory Care Facilities are specifically designed to treat and provide special care to seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. These Facilities provide assistance with activities of daily living like help with eating, bathing, toiletry, grooming, dressing-up and minor chores. These Communities or Homes can be very similar to Assisted Living Facilities in terms of services and amenities.

The overall objective of Memory Care facilities is to provide care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease by keeping the participants as healthy and active as possible. Social services and programs are tailored to provide seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias with as much mental and memory stimulation as possible.


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Specialized Services 

Structured programs and activities are available to meet the needs of people with this memory loss disease. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, chess and several other board games are usually available in Alzheimer’s care centers as it helps stimulate the brain.

Memory Care Facilities provide 24-hour caregiving support and higher level of security to protect those residents that have the tendency to wander. Caregivers and staff members in Memory Care facilities undergo extensive senior care training on how to care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. This ensures that proper quality of care is given to all senior residents with the disease and other forms of Dementia.

Memory Care Facilities serve three healthy and balanced, home-cooked meals to all of their senior residents. Special diet accommodations may also be available upon request. Most Memory Care Facilities provide a high level of socialization among their residents, frequent activities throughout the day, mental stimulation games, pet and music therapy, laundry, hairdressing, medication assistance, transportation to mass service or doctor appointments, and assistance with bathing, dressing, walking and medication management. 


How Much Do Memory Care Facilities Cost? 

On a national average, costs for Memory Care can start as low as $4,000 per month to as high as $8,000 per month. The national average for Alzheimer’s Disease Care is $6,000 which will depend on a variety of factors.

This will include the care needs of your loved one, if they will need a secured memory wing or if they can remain safe in a small care home, desired services and amenities, private or shared bedroom and bathroom, location of the care facility, years the facility has been in business, staff experience specializing in residents with Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as other services.


Two Types of Memory Care Facilities

Typically, Residents suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease that have a tendency to wander will require a secure Memory Wing. These Memory Wings are usually located on the property of a large Assisted Living community, but sectioned off to help Memory Loss Residents from getting lost. There can be anywhere from 30 to 75 residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and a typically a 1:6 to 1:12 caregiver-to-resident ratio.

The other type of Care Facility that can take care of Residents with Alzheimer’s are the Small Residential Care Homes. Although these care homes do not have a secured Memory Wing, many can still offer a secured home that has been customized to meet the needs of their residents. For the most part, the cost of care and rent at a small residential care home tends to be more affordable than the costs you will find in a large community.
There are pros and cons to each type of Memory Care Facility and it will come down to the facility and staff being able to meet your Loved Ones care needs, location and budget. Please ensure to do your research and seek free consultation with a family care advisor so that you choose the best Memory Care Facility possible.


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Alzheimer’s Disease: Facts and Prevention

by Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, M.D. Neurologist, Chief Clinical Professor of Neurology USC
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Alzheimer’s Disease is now the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Since 1954 the incidents of Alzheimer’s Disease has increased in those over 65 years of age from 500,000 cases in 1954 6.1 million cases in 2011. What is even worse is that in those individuals under 65 years of age, Alzheimer’s Disease has increased 24 fold. It is now in epidemic. Alzheimer’s Disease begins about 30 to 40 years before the first symptoms of forgetfulness occur. The first step we need to take is recognizing the sentinel risk factors which are…

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D.E.A.R. Program for Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

by Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, M.D. Neurologist, Chief Clinical Professor of Neurology USC
Snippets from the Video:

Alzheimer’s Disease begins 30-40 years before the first symptoms of forgetfulness occur. The big picture idea is that Alzheimer’s Disease begins in childhood. By teaching children good nutrition, a regular exercise regimen, and proper sleep habits, we prepare them for success.

For those people in their 40s and over, adhering to the D.E.A.R. Program will prevent Alzheimer’s Disease in 70% of cases and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease by 10-15 years in those who are genetically predisposed

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Alzheimer’s Disease Research Facts & Progress

by Dr. Frank LaFerla, M.D. Neurologist, Director of UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)
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Our mission is to advance research and understanding about Alzheimer’s disease and to identify ways to effectively prevent and treat it. We study lifestyle factors that promote wellness and successful brain aging.

Today, someone new develops Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds and there are more than 5.4 million people in the US who have the disease today. We are in a race against time to find treatments and a cure.

One of the biggest challenges Alzheimer’s presents today is…

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