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.
- 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
- Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
- private health insurance
- private pay
Learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia at www.alz.org