An Alzheimer's care facility is long-term residential home, similar to an assisted living home, that is specially oriented and fully equipped to provide room, board and memory care services to seniors challenged by Alzheimer’s disease or other types of memory loss.
These facilities employ staff skilled in handling and treating residents with Alzheimer's and dementia so that all their emotional and physical needs are met.
It is important to note that memory care can be provided at a specialized, stand-alone Alzheimer’s care facility which cares exclusively for elderly seniors with memory loss, or in separated memory care units within a larger assisted living community or nursing home.
Alzheimer’s Care Facility Services
All Alzheimer's care facilities employ trained caregivers and medical professionals, including licensed nurses and aides, to provide basic care services to residents, such as:
- Daily meals
- Laundering and linen changing
- Home maintenance
- Personal care (bathing, grooming, eating, etc.)
- Administering medications
Besides these basic services, most Alzheimer's care facilities also arrange regular social activities to provide a happy and engaging atmosphere to residents.
Pros and Cons of Alzheimer's Care Facilities
Living in an Alzheimer's care facility is beneficial for seniors with memory loss because the facilities are specially designed with the unique needs of memory care residents in mind, including such features as:
- Secured doors to prevent wandering
- Enclosed gardens and/or courtyards
- Emergency call systems in every room
- Well-labeled rooms to aid in navigation
Many Alzheimer’s care facility staff members work personally with each resident, providing them with memory-related activities appropriate to their cognitive level that are designed to stimulate brain activity and soothe anxiety.
Alzheimer's Care Facility Costs
The cost of an Alzheimer’s care facility will vary depending on the location, quality and size of the facility, as well as the level of care and services offered. According to the 2010 MetLife Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs, the national average cost for Alzheimer’s care is $4,762 per month or $57,144 per year.
Approximately 68% of assisted living facilities surveyed offered memory care services with 58% providing care in a separate, secure memory care wing. The average cost of assisted living in the United States is $3,131 per month or $37,572 per year. A significant portion of nursing homes (35%) also have separate memory care rooms, which charge an average rate of $228 per day for a private room or $83,200 per year.
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A high-quality Alzheimer’s care facility can greatly improve the quality of life for seniors struggling with memory loss. Browse our comprehensive directory to Find Alzheimer's Care facilities across the United States.
Written by senior housing writer Jacqui Howell.