When your loved one is diagnosed with a memory impairment such as Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia you know you will eventually need to find a community for them to call home. With both memory care and assisted living communities as options it can be confusing, what is the difference?
Assisted Living communities tend to be designed to be larger in size to maximize the return on the construction investment. However, larger communities are often more challenging for individuals with memory impairments. These types of communities can be confusing and over stimulating. Typically assisted living offers assistance with medications, bathing, dressing, meals, and housekeeping. The staff often have only a few hours of memory care training if any. The majority of residents just need assistance with their activities of daily living.
Memory Care Communities such as Avalon Memory Care are specialized. The communities are deliberately designed to be smaller in size and exclusively with memory care in mind. Each community often has shared living areas and offer family style dining options. The teams at memory care communities receive specialized training and works each and every day with individuals with memory issues. Programing and actives are also designed for those with dementia and other types of memory loss. Often these communities are able to minimize medications because they better understand their resident.
For over 25 years, Avalon has specialized in only memory services and prides itself on its individualized programing. Our team understands each person is unique and our goal is to provide meaningful living each and every day.
Making the best decision for your loved one’s future can at times be daunting. We are here to help and answer your questions. Call us today. (214) 752-7050