How to Find a Memory Care Facility
It's estimated that more than five million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. Unfortunately, there are no cures for these diseases and care for these individuals is often provided by family members or other untrained care givers who may be unprepared for the challenges.
The good news is there are resources available to help you and your family care for a loved one who suffers from one of these debilitating diseases. The type of resources you will need may depend on your loved one's mental health.
Two of the most common options include an assisted living facility, which is designed to provide assistance for daily tasks, or a skilled nursing facility, which provides more extensive services such as memory care (i.e., secured living units, security alarms, door and elevator alarms, specialized day programs, and mental health services).
Services provided by a Memory Care Centers
Most forms of dementia and Alzheimer's are progressive diseases which will require heightened care as the disease progresses. Unfortunately, many patients with these conditions may eventually require 24 hour supervised care. Care which may eventually be required may include the following:
- Secured, supervised areas to prevent the patient from wandering
- Help with daily activities including eating, dressing, grooming, and bathing
- Medical assistance or help taking medications
- Supervision by licensed nurses and clinical staff
Is it time for Memory Care assistance?
Unfortunately, no matter how much you love someone there may come a time when they are unable to live independently or you are unable to care for them. Services such as home health care may allow you to delay placing them in a permanent facility, but if they cannot safely live independently it may be time for placement. Placement may be needed if the following has occurred:
- They have had accidents in their home.
- They are no longer aware of appropriate safety actions if an accident does occur.
- They need consistent care performing daily tasks such as dressing, eating, and bathing.
- They need help taking their medications.
- They get lost easily or cannot remember personal information.
- They are prone to leaving the home and wandering.
Benefits of using a memory care assistance
Using a memory care center helps ensure your loved one receives the proper care from a staff of trained professionals. Not only will your loved one receive 24 hour supervision, they will also receive the following:
- Laundry service
- Daily prepared meals
- Therapy programs
- Medication management
- Private or semi-private rooms
- Specialized exercise programs
- Personal assistance completing daily activities
Determine the costs of care of memory care
As with any type of medical services which are provided to the elderly, the more extensive the care, the greater the cost. For this reason memory care services are generally more expensive than other types of senior living environments.
Elements which will increase the costs include the level of care, the location of the facility, and whether your loved one has a private or semi-private room.
Currently the average cost for a memory care facility, though it varies considerably, is $5,000 per month. Other facilities can range from $1,500 per month up to $7,000 per month.