Memory care
This is specific, long-term skilled nursing that caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other types of memory problems.

Memory care services may be received at:

  • adult day centers
  • assisted living communities
  • home via home care services
  • residential care homes
  • skilled nursing residences  
 
Memory care services offered in the home by a home care agency or at an adult day center are provided by trained staff with a knowledge of specialized programming.
 
A memory care environment, at a residential care home and assisted living, is for persons with a level of impairment making it unsafe for him or her to continue to stay at home, but who does not require the intensive care of a skilled nursing residence. These environments allow a person with memory loss to maintain a level of independence while relying on the safety and security of a community with a professional staff.
 
In a memory care compatible community, residents have access to 24-hour support and programs ensuring their safety and quality of life. Typically, residents live in private or semi-private units, have scheduled activities and programs designed to enhance memory, and are supervised by trained staff. Residences can be 100% secure with alarmed or locked areas. Within these secured areas, residents enjoy indoor walking paths, outdoor paths, or gardens.

Services:
  • 24-hour staffing and personal assistance
  • daily meals
  • exercise and physical therapy programs
  • housekeeping and laundry service
  • medication management 
  • private or semi-private rooms
  • social programs and activities
Paying for memory care services:
  • Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
  • Medicare
  • private health insurance
  • private pay

 
Learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia at www.alz.org