The Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care

December 4th, 2019

Determining the proper level of care for your loved one is so important because every individual’s needs are unique to them. If you’re looking for more extensive care than independent living, assisted living or memory care may be a good fit. Here’s the breakdown between these two care options to help you determine which is best for your loved one.

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Benefits Of Assisted Living

Assisted living offers secure, licensed care for seniors who require daily assistance. These communities include all of the benefits of independent living such as daily activities, frequent events, and regular staff check-ins. The benefit of assisted living is that all activities and events are tailored to the capabilities, wants, and needs of residents. Employees in assisted living communities are specially trained, giving them the ability to administer medication and coordinate with residents’ personal health care providers.

Benefits Of Memory Care

Similar to assisted living, memory care is a secure, licensed community. The difference? It’s designed specifically for seniors experiencing Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory impairment. 

Memory care includes all the same benefits of assisted living, with added support from trained memory care professionals. All programs and activities are created to ensure residents are comfortable while promoting the greatest dignity and independence.

Similarities Between Assisted Living And Memory Care

While they serve different purposes, assisted living and memory care communities do have similarities. Both offer comprehensive daily assistance in addition to:
  • On-site chef-prepared meals
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Transportation services
  • Fitness programs, daily activities and more

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. 

Independence Village senior living communities offer a full range of care options. Our diverse services allow our residents to age in place as they progress through the various care levels. Schedule a tour of your local Independence Village community or give us a call at 1-844-40-ENJOY to learn more.

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