Seniors suffering from cognitive and/or memory issues like Alzheimer’s or Dementia need structured and complete support 24 hours a day. Memory Care facilities are equipped to handle the special care required for patients that have a difficult time taking care of themselves. Oftentimes patients that suffer from these types of diseases will progressively get worse so the level of care needs to be flexible as the patient progresses through the dementia stages. A Memory Care facility is very similar to the lifestyle of the Assisted Living facility combined with the medical care and higher level of assistance normally found in Skilled Nursing. Memory Care facilities often incorporate self-help programs that are designed to raise the level of self awareness in seniors suffering from Dementia, Alzheimer's and Sundowners syndrome. A common issue with some Memory Care patients is known as Sundowning, that is, the patient gets progressively worse as the day progresses. Memory Care facilities incorporate programs that keep patients on a regimented schedule in order to best deal with more troublesome symptoms of Dementia, Alzheimer's, and the effects of Sundowners Syndrome.

It is not typical for Memory Care facilities to provide transportation services for their patients outside of helping them to arrange portage to and from their medical appointments when out of the facility appointments are necessary.

Almost all Memory Care facilities incorporate a combination of self-worn locator devices, In-room emergency alerts, and locks and alarms on exterior doors in order to keep the patients safely located within the confines of the facility.

Memory Care - Also referred to as:

  • Alzheimer's Care
  • Dementia Care
  • Sundowners Care

Common Payment Options:

  • Private pay
  • Medicaid
  • Some LTC Insurance Programs

Average Cost Range:

Between $3,000 and $7,000 per month