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Memory Care or Assisted Living: How to Choose the Best Option for Your Loved One with Dementia

Choosing the right care option for a loved one with dementia can be difficult. Assisted living and memory care are two common options that families consider. While both can provide support in daily activities, memory care is specifically designed to cater to the needs of those with memory impairments. At Avalon, we have seen the positive impact that comes with our sole focus on memory care. Here are some key details and differences that make memory care the ideal option for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia: 

Memory-Enhancing Activities 

One of the key benefits of memory care is the specialized programming tailored to the needs of individuals with memory loss. Memory Care communities build their event calendars around activities that promote engagement, boost well-being, and even help slow the progression of cognitive decline. This leads to a reduction in medications, increased appetites, and a smooth transition after moving. Some of our residents’ favorite activities include pet therapy, sing-a-longs, creative art sessions, and reminiscing games.  


Memory care communities are specifically designed to be a safe and secure environment. Every detail is carefully considered to ensure that the space limits disorientation and protects against wandering. All Avalon communities feature magnetic doors, well-lit walkways, and secured outdoor spaces, all while fostering and maintaining a comforting, home-like feel.

Specialized Support 

At memory care communities, the staff knows how to handle the unique challenges that come with memory loss, such as confusion and behavioral changes, in a compassionate way. Individuals with memory loss may also require more assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. There are staff members available 24/7 to provide this support and ensure the safety and well-being of residents. 

Memory care offers a unique and specialized approach to care for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. By providing a safe environment, engaging activities, and compassionate support, memory care communities help improve the quality of life for individuals with memory impairments and provide peace of mind for their families. 
Interested in learning more about Avalon Memory Care? We’d be happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us!

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“Since my mother has lived at Avalon, I have had peace of mind for the first time since Alzheimer’s began to exact its terrible price from my mother’s life. Thank you for your part in making our lives better.”
Daughter | Ft. Worth, TX
“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the care and love afforded to my mom over the last two weeks. Your success in finding such quality people has my gratitude and respect.”
Daughter | Dallas, TX
“We are very pleased with all of the efforts that your caring staff has made to smooth this traumatic transition.”
Son | Plano, TX
“I know my husband had the very best care in his final days. I regret that I did not know about Avalon sooner.”
Wife | Dallas, TX
“Mom spent the final 8 months of her life in Avalon Memory Care in Allen. The staff was great. There was rarely a day that my brother or I did not come by and they were always friendly to us and did their best to make mom comfortable and happy. We really appreciated them for everything they did.”
Daughter | Allen, TX
“Making the decision to place my mother in residential memory care was the hardest thing I think I have ever done. But living at Avalon has been the best thing for her at this stage of her life.”
Daughter | Allen, TX
“My grandmother has lived at Avalon Memory Care for 6 months now. I cannot speak highly enough about the warmth, dedication, and caring compassion of the staff. They always make us feel welcome and go out of their way to work with us to accommodate grandma’s needs.”
Grandson | Arlington, TX
“My grandmother spent her final days at Avalon and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to care for her. The caregivers are attentive and kind, and many of them have been with Avalon for years. If you are looking for a place to love on you and your family in a season that is inevitably difficult, Avalon is a wonderful choice.”
Granddaughter | Arlington, TX
“We are delighted with the facility of Avalon Memory Care. We just placed Grandma in an apartment with them and couldn’t be happier. It is clean and well-lit, and everyone greets us, down to the folks who clean up.”
Granddaughter | Arlington, TX

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