What is Alzheimer’s Care?

Comprehensive guide to Alzheimers’s care and Dementia care

Alzheimer’s Care options vary greatly from Adult Day Care, In-Home Care, Residential Care, Respite Care, and Hospice Care. There is no single care option when it comes to Alzheimer’s Care, because people’s needs change at different stages of the disease. Memory care is usually referring to Alzheimer’s and other Dementia related care services that are delivered in assisted living communities.

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Is Alzheimer’s Care and Memory Care Different?

Memory Care is usually referring to Alzheimer’s Care that is delivered in a residential care setting, like an assisted living community. There are many other forms of Alzheimer’s Care for people living at home including day programs and hiring caregivers.

Cost of Memory Care

Alzheimer’s Care Costs

The cost of Memory Care varies greatly depending on the level of care needed and location. Memory care services are typically more than 25% more expensive than the cost of assisted living services. The average cost of memory care in the United States is more than $5,500 per month according to most statistics. The cost ranges from as low at $1,500 per month to more than $10,000 per month in some cities.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Care Services

Alzheimer’s Care Services

Alzheimer’s Care at Home

There are many nationwide and local Home Care Agencies that have trained caregivers to come to your home to deliver assistance with activities of daily assistance and cognitive assistance.

Alzheimer’s Care Facilities

This is more commonly known as Memory Care, and is a residential care home (or assisted living community) that has specially trained staff to assist with residents that have Alzheimer’s or other Dementia related illnesses.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

There are many organizations that offer support to families with Alzheimer’s disease. The largest organization is the Alzheimer’s Association. These organizations offer resources, training, guides, financial assistance, and much more.

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Other Types of Senior Living

Senior Living

There are four types of Senior Living properties that offer these assisted living services: Board and Care Home, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Residential Care Homes are single family homes spread throughout the area. Pros: They are usually more budget friendly, have an intimate setting, and have higher staff to resident ratios (industry average 1:6). Cons: They do not have amenities, much socialization opportunities, or fine dining services.

Assisted Living Communities are purpose built properties often appearing to be a large apartment complex from the outside. Pros: They have many amenities, robust social programing and therapies, and typically offer better dining experiences. Cons: They are expensive and often have lower staff to resident ratios (industry average 1:16).

Memory Care Communities are either purpose built properties or wings within Assisted Living communities. Most large Assisted Living communities have Memory Care wings which offer 20-30 private and shared rooms to seniors. Pros: They typically have staff training in Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, and have higher staff to resident ratios (sometimes as low as 1:5). Cons: They are very expensive and not all “training” is equal.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs or LifeCare) communities are purpose built properties meant to care for seniors when they are more independent. The concept was created to enable a new way to “age in place”. These properties have different living options that support seniors at a healthier stage all the way through very high levels of care (including medical needs). Pros: They offer a new “age in place” solution. Cons: They are very expensive with initial buy-in fees in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

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