A Beginner’s Guide to Memory Care

woman with alzheimer'sMemory care communities are designed for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia but do not require the intense skilled care of a nursing home. Traditionally, as someone progressed through the stages of the illness, if they could not live at home, their only option was to move into a nursing home. However, if a senior does not have any additional, chronic illnesses – they may not actually need skilled nursing care. Memory care communities are able to help their residents with a variety of non-medical, personal care activities like dressing, bathing, eating, and medication management (and possibly administration).

In addition to providing the care services, a memory care community is specially designed with memory care residents in mind – from a secured living environment to unique programming, and specially-trained care staff.

Let’s explore some common questions that people ask when learning about memory care communities:

What kind of accommodations do memory care communities offer?

Memory care communities today have been developed with great variety. Floor plans range in size and layout and can accommodate couples, singles, or shared living spaces. Each resident will choose his or her own private, unfurnished apartment – ready for them to move in and make their own! Generally, memory care communities have common living spaces different from those found in assisted living or independent living communities. Most are designed to be calming and minimize a resident’s anxiety through colors, textures, and ambient lighting.

Who is eligible for memory care?

Memory care is appropriate for adults who have memory impairments and do not need skilled nursing care 24/7. Many communities can support individuals through all stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but it is best to speak with the community directly to confirm.

How much does memory care cost?

Pricing for memory care communities can vary depending on location, apartment type, care services, amenities, and add-on services. It is best to contact a community directly to receive the most accurate price. Keep in mind that most memory care communities include all of their services, care, rent, and meals in one easy-to-understand price. A good place to start in determining if memory care is affordable is to determine monthly expenditures. Add up all the money spent on rent/mortgage, care, meals, transportation, house upkeep, and other living expenditures.

How do I pay for memory care?

Most memory care communities are private pay and do not accept Medicare. However, there are many avenues to choose from when looking for ways to pay for memory care such as selling your home or real estate investments, life insurance policy, or through reimbursement for Veterans Benefits.

Woodland Ridge offers memory care services to our residents in Smyrna, Georgia, and the surrounding areas. We incorporate each resident’s life story into their individual care plan to provide them the best quality of life throughout their care journey. We would love to show you why so many seniors call Woodland Ridge home, schedule a tour with us today!