Memory Care units have become increasingly more in demand over the past few years. Memory Care units are designed and equipped to care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive decline diagnoses.
The unique care needs of this population require trained direct care workers who understand how to intervene and provide care for these individuals appropriately.
Many people in need of Memory Care Services do not require around the clock care, but a move into an assisted living may still be unsuitable. While there is a notable difference between the monthly costs of living on a Memory Care unit versus an Assisted Living unit the services that they offer on a Memory Care unit are specialized to meet the specific needs of this population. It is important to note that unless explicitly stated that they offer Memory Care services many Assisted Living facilities are not equipped to handle the distinct needs of this population.
Making the decision that is time to move your loved one onto a Memory Care unit is no doubt a difficult one for any family member to make. Senior Living Specialist wants you to have all the knowledge and understanding that you will need to make this difficult decision so that you feel empowered and at peace with your decision.
Cost of Memory Care
Memory Care units provide around the clock care provided by specially trained staff. Residents on a Memory Care Unit receive all their care needs from laundry services, meals and diet plans, toileting services, and life enrichment programs that help keep them remain active and social.
As well, security on Memory care units is high due to a higher likelihood of wandering behaviors with individuals living with Alzheimer’s.
Monthly services for Memory Care costs on average in Texas are $4,995 compared to $3,500 for Assisted Living facilities (SOURCE). The added support and services offered in Memory Care are specialty services that many Assisted Living facilities cannot provide. However, increasingly Assisted Living facilities are adding Memory Care, so it would be beneficial to ask the facility when doing your research.
Senior Living Specialist knows and understand the distinct needs of Memory Care and can assist you in finding the right Memory Care unit for you and your family. Understandably your financial resources are critical to you now that is why all Senior Living Specialist services are free of charge.
Moving into Memory Care
To know when it is time to move a loved one into a memory care unit can be challenging. Family caregivers will often express how emotional a process seeking Memory Care support can be on both them and their loved one.
Many people struggle with the loss of a loved one’s memory and consider it as a significant loss of their relationship with that person. To then move their loved one into a Memory Care facility will often stir up feelings of loss all over again.
Understandably, these emotions are valid and difficult to work through, but they sometimes stop family members from seeking out the proper care that their loved one needs.
Caregiving is a demanding task, and many family caregivers find that it is difficult to make time for themselves between providing care and managing other family and career obligations. Without this time to focus on themselves, the chances of stress or caregiver burnout increase.
Caregiver burnout can affect the quality of care provided to your loved one, and prolonged stress can have adverse effects on both you and your loved one. Seeking support in Memory Care will allow you as the caregiver to focus on the more important things like the quality of life your loved one leads and the opportunity to get to know them during this new phase of their life.
Memory loss, wandering, and agitation is common symptoms in individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. When in the Home Setting these types of behaviors can create safety issues for your loved one.
Memory care units are equipped to handle and care for these types symptoms, and allow your loved one to remain in a safe and protected environment. Contact Senior Living Specialist today to find out if Memory Care is the right option for your loved one.
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