One of the most commonly misunderstood aspects about assisted living or other long term care providers is memory care. Many people think that memory care assisted living is the same as general assisted living, but it is not and it’s important to understand the distinction.
An assisted living facility is a place where seniors can live and live independently while still have a staff support system close by to assist with almost any basic living need. This could include meals being provided to them on a daily basis, activities organized and structured for them, and a number of other benefits that involve assisted living.
Memory care assisted living can be a part of a regular assisted living facility, but that doesn’t mean that every assisted living location will have this level of service and care. Memory care is administered by trained and certified nurses who generally work with patients dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other similar mental health conditions. These nurses understand the dynamics of memory loss and how people react when they are losing their memory over time.
Because memory care assisted living is a specialized practice, they won’t be available at every assisted living facility. It’s a good idea that if your loved one might need this level of care, whether he or she is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia that you find out which, if any facilities in your area offer this level of care.
If the assisted living location that you have chosen for your mother or father doesn’t provide this level of care, then you can certainly keep looking and hopefully find what would be the best solution for him or her for long term care. You can also contact a local home health care agency within your area and find out if they have any nurses within their network who provide memory care to patients in their home.
You’ll likely discover that there are many different options available for memory care in the comfort of your mother or father’s home that you might not have thought about previously. Many mental health professionals agree that often the best care that a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia can receive would be in the comfort of their own home. Familiar surroundings can make a significant difference when the memory failure becomes more pronounced and exacerbated over time.
If you still want to find the best memory care assisted living options for your loved one, you should be able to find something within a reasonable drive from your, or their, current home.
When researching options for assisted living in Texas City, TX call us at (832) 315-3219. Assisted Living counselors at Serenity Gardens are available to talk with you about your caregiving needs while providing better, affordable care for you or a loved one.