Memory care

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Memory care in assisted living has been developed for those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other forms of memory loss who are not able to safely live at home, but do not yet require 24-hour nursing care. A secure memory care neighborhood is typically on a separate floor or wing and has everything the residents need, including staff trained in dementia care and security measures to keep the residents comfortable and safe.

In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, eating or medication management, residents enjoy physical, social and cognitively stimulating activities designed just for their abilities, promoting dignity and fulfillment. Residents enjoy private apartments, enhanced security and a more intimate setting.

Jewish Home Life Communities offers secure memory care at Berman Commons in Dunwoody.

Who Can Benefit from Memory Care Assisted Living?

People with memory impairment may forget to eat or drink. They may forget to take medication, or worse, take more than prescribed. They may forget to bathe or wear the same clothes for a number of days. The caring, attentive staff at these communities ensures that residents remain healthy, safe, social and active.

Are All Memory Care Neighborhoods the Same?

No, but they all must comply with the same state regulations on care, staffing, facility requirements and much more. Costs are higher in a secure memory care environment, but it varies depending on the level of care needed, location, amenities and whether the apartment is private or semi-private.

Who pays for Assisted Living?

Residents and families must pay out of pocket. Long term care insurance typically covers assisted living services. Veterans may qualify for assistance through the VA Aid & Attendance program. Medicare does not pay for assisted living or memory care.

Other Options

If your loved one’s disease has progressed to the point he or she requires more oversight than a secure memory care environment can safely offer a skilled nursing home may be the next step.