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What is Senior Housing?
Like everything else in life, our housing needs change as we grow older. Adapting to these changes enables you and/or your loved one to live well now and prepare for the future. Senior housing places a stronger emphasis than traditional housing on accessibility, adaptability, safety and security. Housing options for older adults range from master-planned communities for ages 55+ to nursing homes that provide 24-hour care.
As you consider the different options, make a list of personal needs — financial, physical, mental and emotional — and schedule tours of the places that meet those needs. The best housing option for one person may not be a comfortable fit for someone else. Search our senior housing listings now, or call 1-833-MY-SENIOR to get answers to any questions you may have.
When safety and isolation are concerns, it may make sense to move out of a family home and into a comfortable, homelike care center. There are opportunities for social interaction during meals and activities. Residents are usually more active in a group setting than they are when living alone, even as their physical abilities fluctuate.
Memory Care Assisted Living
Dementia affects everyone differently. Some people may be able to continue living at home with help from a loved one during the early stages of dementia or be well-cared for by professionals in an assisted living facility during moderate stages. As the disease progresses and cognitive skills decline, however, those same doctors and nurses may advise you when to move from assisted living to memory care.
Alzheimer’s and dementia care may be provided in a separate wing of an assisted living facility, but there are also separate providers. The buildings have additional security features in place to prevent residents from wandering away. Like assisted living, memory care centers offer help with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, etc.) as needed, provide nutritious meals for residents in a restaurant-like dining room and offer other opportunities for social interaction.
Memory care goes beyond basic assisted living, however, and improves the quality of life for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Activities may include art and music therapy geared specifically to maintain and/or improve neurological health.
How Much Does Memory Care Cost?
Memory care tends to be about $1,000 more expensive per month than traditional assisted living because more staff is required to monitor residents. The national average is $5,051. Medicare does not cover the costs of living in a memory care facility.
Financial assistance is available through Medicaid, however, as well as Veterans Affairs. There are also state programs that offer benefits to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. If diagnosed before the age of 65, early-onset benefits for memory care may be available through Social Security Disability Insurance. To determine what types of financial assistance you may be eligible for, call 1-833-MY-SENIOR to speak with one of our Care Advisors.
The Support They Need
There comes a point when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is impossible to do alone. Security and supervision are top priorities in memory care, where trained professionals offer round-the-clock care. Search for memory care facilities now.