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What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care?

Feb 28, 2019

What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care?

If you are facing the difficult decision about how to best help an aging loved one navigate their long-term care needs, you are not alone. As our population ages, it is estimated by the Department of Health and Human Services that nearly 70% of people over 65 years of age will need some type of long-term care services in the latter part of their life. Finding the right fit for your loved one when they cannot live independently can be stressful and even overwhelming for a family. Understanding the type of care that your loved one needs can help ensure that your family makes the best possible choice.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a long-term care service that offers residential/housing, health care, and some personal care services like transportation, meals, assistance with managing medications, and even entertainment. Living space can be shared or alone, depending on needs, preferences and a budget. The cost of assisted living depends on where you live, the size of your room and whether or not your loved one prefers a private room or shared space. On average, you can expect to spend over $3000 each month for an assisted living facility for your loved one.

What is a Memory Care Unit?

Memory care is a very specific type of long-term care that is designed to provide 24-hour supervised care to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other progressive memory issues. Very often a memory care unit is located within an assisted living facility. The staff who work on a memory care unit are specifically trained to help individuals with memory issues and the facility is set up to prevent wandering, which can be a serious risk for those who struggle with memory issues. A memory care unit is generally more expensive than more general assisted living and can cost about $5000/month on average.

Compassionate, Personalized Memory Care in Aiken, SC

Westminster Memory Care is located in Aiken, SC and is focused on providing memory care assisted living for individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and/or dementia. Our memory care team offers compassionate care and strong support for our residents and are respectful, kind and supportive. We truly believe that it is a privilege to take care of your loved one. Read more Tips for Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s.

For more information about the services that we offer, call our team at Westminster Memory Care today at 803-502-5599.

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