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What Is Memory Care? Services, Cost, and Benefits

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What is memory care?

Memory care is a type of long-term care community designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with a dementia diagnosis, like Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Memory care facilities offer 24-hour care and supervision, secured environments, specialized staff trained in dementia care, and memory-enhancing activities and therapies. Memory care can take place in apartment-like facilities, within a wing of an assisted living facility, or in smaller residential care homes. The goal of memory care is to provide an engaging, safe, and therapeutic environment for seniors with dementia to support their well-being and improve their quality of life. Individuals in the middle to later stages of dementia benefit most from a memory care environment.

Benefits of memory care

Because dementia symptoms worsen over time, elderly adults with dementia are often unable to continue to live independently in their homes. If a family member is unable to take on the caregiver role, which can quickly become a full-time job, memory care is a great option. Memory care not only benefits seniors with dementia but also families who are feeling overwhelmed by their loved one’s advanced care needs. It gives families peace of mind that their loved one is in a secure and therapeutic environment with caregivers trained to handle difficult dementia behaviors.

Read on to learn all about memory care benefits, specialized services, costs, and payment options. We also offer free tips on finding and moving to a community in your area.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

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AMENITIES

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Memory Care Architecture and Design: A Human-Centered Approach

Learn how human-centered design helps support memory care residents' cognitive function.

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Memory Care Classes and Staff Training

Understand the kinds of dementia care training and certifications memory care staff typically receieve.

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Memory care services and features

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Personal care

As dementia progresses, seniors will likely need assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, incontinence care, and moving about. Memory care staff are trained to provide help with ADLs based on each resident’s abilities.

AMENITIES

50+ Memory Care Activities That Keep Seniors Active and Engaged

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SERVICES

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Memory care vs. other senior care types

Memory care provides many of the same amenities and services offered in other senior living settings. However, dementia and Alzheimer’s care facilities specialize in meeting the intensive needs of seniors with memory loss. The following articles can help you understand how memory care communities compare to other senior care options.

CARE OPTIONS

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CARE OPTIONS

Memory Care vs. In-Home Care for Dementia: 5 Key Differences

Learn about the differences between home care and memory care for seniors with dementia, and how to choose between the two.

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Memory Care vs. Nursing Homes: What’s the Difference?

Learn how memory care facilities and nursing homes differ in costs, services, and programming, and how to make the best ...

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Independent Living vs. Memory Care: What’s the Difference?

Learn the distinctions between these two settings as you consider senior living options for a loved one with dementia.

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Cost of memory care facilities near me

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Memory care costs and payment options

The median national cost of memory care is $6,200 per month, according to proprietary data gathered by A Place for Mom. Costs vary greatly between communities and depend on factors like location, community amenities, programming, apartment size, and the level of care a senior requires. Pricing models also vary. For instance, some memory care communities may be all-inclusive, while others may use an a la carte approach and charge based on services required by a resident.

Memory care base costs typically cover rent, utilities, meals and snacks, housekeeping, transportation to medical appointments, on-site activities, nonmedical therapies, and shared amenities. However, some amenities — such as in-unit internet service, beauty and barber services, laundry, and pet accommodations — may cost extra.

While many families look to savings to finance senior care, there are other little-known funding sources that can help. The articles below can help you better understand pricing and the options available to help pay for memory care.

COST

How Much Does Memory Care Cost? A Complete State-by-State Guide

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PAYMENT

How to Pay for Memory Care: 6 Options for Families

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Atria Forest Hills

112-50 72 Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375

4.6

(80 reviews)

The Belvedere

5110 19th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204

4.2

(33 reviews)

Sunrise at East 56th

139 East 56th St, New York, NY 10022

4.9

(11 reviews)

Atria Kew Gardens

117-01 84th Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY 11418

4.3

(80 reviews)

Sunrise of Mill Basin

5905 Strickland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234

4.3

(78 reviews)

Atria West 86

333 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

4.4

(128 reviews)

Sunrise of Sheepshead

2211 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235

4.4

(68 reviews)

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights

21 Clark St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

4.8

(5 reviews)

Coterie Hudson Yards

505 W 35th St, New York, NY 10018

4.5

(6 reviews)

Choosing a memory care community

Touring communities is one of the best ways to find the most suitable memory care for seniors. A tour can help you see what a typical day would look like for your loved one. You’ll get to look at apartment floor plans, interact with staff members and residents, explore shared amenities, and maybe even try a meal. Some communities even offer virtual memory care tours if an in-person visit isn’t possible.


The following guides cover everything you need to know about finding the right memory care community for a loved one.

CHOOSING CARE

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6 Tips for Virtual and In-Person Senior Community Tours

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Tips for moving a loved one to memory care

Once you’ve narrowed down your memory care options, the next step is to figure out moving details. It’s important to keep your loved one involved in decisions to help them feel a sense of control. However, their memory loss may prevent them from fully understanding the situation. During this process, being patient and realistic is essential. You can use the following conversational and moving tips to make sure the transition is as successful and smooth as possible.

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How to Talk to Your Parent About Moving to Memory Care

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Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

The score shown is the overall experience rating which is an average of the reviews submitted for those communities. The overall experience rating is a star rating that ranges from 1 being the lowest to 5 being the highest.

Below are the 51 largest cities grouped by their metropolitan area.

Top states for Memory Care

8.2
Alabama, AL
293 facilities
7.5
Alaska, AK
41 facilities
7.9
Arizona, AZ
568 facilities
7.6
Arkansas, AR
136 facilities
8.2
California, CA
1459 facilities
7.7
Colorado, CO
343 facilities
8.5
Connecticut, CT
173 facilities
8.4
Delaware, DE
40 facilities
7.8
8.1
Florida, FL
1549 facilities
8.0
Georgia, GA
610 facilities
4.7
Hawaii, HI
32 facilities
7.6
Idaho, ID
140 facilities
8.1
Illinois, IL
687 facilities
8.0
Indiana, IN
481 facilities
7.4
Iowa, IA
474 facilities
7.9
Kansas, KS
269 facilities
8.0
Kentucky, KY
272 facilities
7.8
Louisiana, LA
113 facilities
7.6
Maine, ME
143 facilities
8.0
Maryland, MD
212 facilities
8.1
Massachusetts, MA
348 facilities
7.9
Michigan, MI
811 facilities
7.2
Minnesota, MN
818 facilities
7.8
Mississippi, MS
182 facilities
7.5
Missouri, MO
514 facilities
6.9
Montana, MT
125 facilities
7.7
Nebraska, NE
304 facilities
8.4
Nevada, NV
118 facilities
8.3
New Hampshire, NH
95 facilities
8.2
New Jersey, NJ
354 facilities
8.2
New Mexico, NM
106 facilities
8.2
New York, NY
495 facilities
7.7
North Carolina, NC
656 facilities
7.2
North Dakota, ND
101 facilities
8.0
Ohio, OH
856 facilities
8.2
Oklahoma, OK
244 facilities
7.2
Oregon, OR
427 facilities
7.9
Pennsylvania, PA
1087 facilities
8.2
Rhode Island, RI
66 facilities
8.2
South Carolina, SC
394 facilities
7.0
South Dakota, SD
127 facilities
8.3
Tennessee, TN
436 facilities
8.3
Texas, TX
1188 facilities
7.9
Utah, UT
164 facilities
8.2
Vermont, VT
56 facilities
8.2
Virginia, VA
457 facilities
8.0
Washington, WA
532 facilities
9.0
West Virginia, WV
57 facilities
7.5
Wisconsin, WI
1041 facilities
4.1
Wyoming, WY
47 facilities

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