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Memory care and assisted living communities can be very similar but also different and are assessed on the level of care provided. Memory care communities cater specifically to those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia; memory care programs are catered more towards dementia-friendly activities and have staff who are specially trained in cognitive impairments. We know that deciding where to start can be difficult, so we have composed a list of what you need to know as you start making decisions. 

  • Activities: Both assisted living and memory care communities offer activities. However, memory care communities develop activities that are specifically designed for those with cognitive impairments. These may include things like puzzles and music therapy to help access and exercise different parts of their brains. 
  • Dining experience: Dementia and other cognitive impairments can complicate nutrition, more than most realize. Memory care communities have special diets to help ensure each resident is getting the nutrients they need, while exercising control and maintaining independence. 
  • Environments: As dementia develops, those who suffer from the disease increasingly lose the ability to make decisions; what many people do not realize is that dementia affects all five senses. Memory care communities are more equipped to handle the safety concerns associated with these changes that ensure a safer, more independent living experience. 
  • Staff training: Staffs among both assisted living and memory care communities are usually relatively similar. Even so, memory care community’s staff members have additional training to help them care for those with cognitive impairments. 

Our staff members are trained specifically in cognitive care to ensure your loved one gets the best care; if you think you are ready to start taking the next steps for your loved one, give us a call today.

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