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What Is Memory Care Long-Term Care?

What Is Memory Care Long-Term Care?

July 14, 2023

When it comes to determining the right level of care for you or your loved one, there is rarely an easy way to do it. The decision itself is often fraught with feelings and can be complicated by the unique circumstances every family brings to the table when considering questions of this nature. However, knowledge is power, as they say, and LivWell Seniors is happy to help with a high-level introduction to the basics that will leave you feeling prepared to take whatever step is next in the journey ahead.

Memory care long-term care is a setting specifically designed for and dedicated to those living with a diagnosed memory condition, providing a higher level of care inside an environment geared to meet the unique challenges of conditions that result in memory decline.

What?

This option is situated inside a long-term care setting, specifically designed for people experiencing memory decline. Memory care long-term care is a locked community that prevents elopement, which is common among people experiencing memory decline. Activities are frequent to engage residents and help deter potential memory-related concerns, such as restlessness, exit-seeking behaviors, or other agitations. As a long-term care setting, it is also equipped to offer interventions for other concurrent medical conditions.

Who?

This option is suitable for anyone diagnosed with memory decline who requires a higher level of care than what is provided in memory care assisted living.

Consider This Scenario

Rich is an 80-year-old man who has been successfully living in a memory care assisted living community for two years. However, he has recently experienced a physical decline. He now requires the assistance of two people to transfer from his wheelchair, and he is experiencing some behavioral outbursts – both of which exceed the care that can be provided in an assisted living setting. It is time for Rich to transition from assisted living memory care to a long-term memory care setting.

Cost

Memory care long-term care can be costly, typically ranging from $8,000 to $12,000 per month. Unfortunately, options that offer this specialized level of care can be limited. It’s important to note that not all long-term care facilities have dedicated memory care units, so it’s crucial to research and ensure that the facility chosen is equipped to meet the specific needs of those with memory decline.

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