Recently, there has been an increase in the demand for professional caregivers for senior citizens. However, the level of care that a senior with special needs requires depends on the stage of the Alzheimer’s/dementia. Many care services are offered by assisted living facilities and memory care units. But assisted living is different from memory care in several ways, www.Elderlink.org understand the difference, which most senior citizens and their families are yet to grasp fully. We are there for our clients and their families answering all their questions and remember our services are always, FREE.
PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEMORY CARE AND ASSISTED LIVING – ELDERLINK.COM WILL HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES
In most cases, memory care units lack the personal up close care for each resident as its commonly seen in assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities are designed to keep the stress level of those with dementia to a minimum.
Memory care units emphasis on security measures and go the extra mile to prevent patients from wandering while most assisted living facilities have well secured areas specifically meant for seniors with mild dementia.
Memory care units ensure seniors with dementia have access to a relaxed environment always such as creating a place where patients can relax together and watch television. Assisted Living Facilities do their best to make the entire location safe yet more homey. This is done to minimize the stressful and confused state of mind that dementia brings when it strikes.
OTHER DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEMORY CARE AND ASSISTED LIVING
Memory care units conduct more safety checks, and most of them have an alarm system that sounds anytime a resident gets close to the exit door. Since seniors with dementia can quickly become stressed, most memory care units maintain a rigid scheduling structure because residents can easily become unfamiliar with the environment but perform better when they stick to a routine.
Lack of appetite is often associated with Alzheimer’s disease. For this reason, memory care units seek to address the issue in various ways such a creating a contrast between the plate in which a meal is served and the meal so residents can easily see their food.
ElderLink.org will advise each potential client or their family which facility offers the best level of care. During our initial assessment we will secure the information required to ensure you are given locations that fit your personal needs most closely.
HOW ASSISTED LIVING DIFFERS FROM MEMORY CARE
THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, THE TRAINING OF STAFF
In assisted living facilities, the staff are trained to assist seniors with activities of daily living such as helping them to bath, dress and climb the stairs, feel appreciated and cared for. In memory care units, staff is trained to handle the individual needs of those with Alzheimer’s/dementia. A little less personal and more rigid because staff has to closely follow protocols required by the Memory Care management.
When it comes to costs this is where www.elderlink.org will be your best help. A lot of factors come into play for both assisted living facilities and memory care units. This includes whether the living space is shared or private, the geographical area, and the amount of care needed by the patient. Generally, the care offered by many assisted living facilities are less costlier than memory care units and ElderLink knows them all of them throughout California.
Most seniors with Alzheimer’s/dementia and their families need professional advice to help them find the perfect senior care facility that meets their needs, budget and preferences. www.ElderLink.com is the only senior care referral service licensed by the Department of Public Health and we are Certified by the Department of Social Services. Most important to you and your family, our services are FREE. There is a reason why we are the oldest and most respected senior placement referral care provider in California, WE CARE.
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