Memory Care vs. Assisted Living: Which is the Better Option?

Assisted living employee and the patientThe US Department of Health & Human Services says that seven out of 10 adults aged 65 and older will need long-term care in the future. If your parents or loved ones will require long-term care soon, you probably have some questions on the best possible type of care you can provide them with. If your parents have dementia, like 5 million other Americans, you may be wondering about the specific type of care they will need.

To help you arrive at the best possible decision, Legacy Retirement discusses the two common but different residential care options for seniors in Utah – assisted living and memory care.

Assisted Living

This is a long-term living arrangement intended for the elderly who are healthy in general, but need some assistance in performing daily tasks. Residents are allowed to live as independently as possible, but aware that help is just nearby.

Seniors reside in apartments or private studios, while some residents may find it more economical to share a unit with one or a few other residents. Units are typically equipped with full kitchenettes, bathrooms, and sufficient space to relax while enjoying quality time with friends and family, engaging in hobbies, or watching TV.

Many assisted living communities also provide transportation to medical appointments, and set up regular visits to shopping malls, restaurants, and other common destinations. This way, your loved one can stay engaged and active within the community. Some communities also hold social events, classes, and various activities for residents regularly.

Memory Care

Elders with memory problems due to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia usually require a more specialized type of care that can be provided by a memory care facility.

While some elderly with dementia are capable of staying in their home independently and without too much assistance for some time, the majority will need more intensive care from family, from an in-home care provider, or from a memory care home.

Your choice will depend on whether your senior loved one has dementia or other cognitive disorders. Talk to professionals to get useful tips or advice you can use to find the best care option for your senior family member.