The Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care

November 5th, 2018

Before your loved one moves into a senior living community, it’s important to know the appropriate living option to meet his or her needs. If you believe that everyday support is necessary, then an assisted living or memory care community may be the right choice. Let’s break down the difference between assisted living and memory care so that you can best understand the options available.

Included For Both Communities

independence village bakeryWhile they serve different purposes, assisted living and memory care communities do have a few similarities. Both offers comprehensive daily assistance in addition to:
  • Onsite chef prepared dinners
  • Multiple dining experiences
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Transportation services
  • Fitness programs, and more

Benefits Of Assisted Living

Assisted living offers secured, licensed care for seniors who require daily assistance. These communities include all of the benefits of lower care levels including daily activities, frequent events and regular staff check-ins. Staff in assisted living communities are specially trained, giving them the ability to administer medication and coordinate with residents’ personal healthcare providers.

Granddaughter embracing her happy grandmother at home

Memory Care Services

Memory care communities offer the same benefits as assisted living. The difference is, memory care is designed specifically for seniors experiencing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. All programs and activities are created to ensure residents are comfortable, while promoting the greatest dignity, independence and success.

Which Living Option Is Right For Your Loved One?

Now that you have a better understanding of the difference between assisted living and memory care, it may make it a bit easier to determine which option is right for your loved one. Once you have narrowed down which level of support your loved one needs, it will be much easier to find a community for your loved one with the support and comfort they need.

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