Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

Memory Care Assisted Living: Your Guide

Aging is one of the reasons for affecting memory that can turn so bad that those suffering from it forget how to do some tasks as simple as lighting the kitchen stove or recollect their name. They suffer from forgetfulness and are unable to take care of themselves. Some memory care patients face cognitive challenges triggered by TBI or traumatic brain injury or some other causes. Memory care means taking care of people suffering from memory loss due to diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia as they need help in all areas of daily living.  For them, assisted retirement homes with memory care facilities are the best places to spend the closing years of their lives.

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Memory impaired people need special care

Elders who suffer from memory loss need special assisted living as not only are they unable to carry out their daily tasks on their own but also do not remember many simple things. The type of care they need is quite special and much more than what is generally available in assisted living facilities.  If some of your loving elderly person like your parents shows signs of forgetfulness, it is time to put them into some assisted living facility specially created for taking care of such people. People who suffer from memory problems and diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease need special assistance of skilled nursing that is only available at some memory care near you.

Causes for memory loss

As we age our brain cells degrade and we even lose brain cells which cause memory loss. We forget even the simplest of things like our names or where we left the house keys. Although it is a normal part of the aging process and can affect any people, when the problem becomes significant, it can refer to something else that needs more attention and care.  Besides aging, injuries to the brain can affect memory and show similar symptoms of forgetfulness. Usually, memory loss relates to Alzheimer’s disease that people often term as dementia that can also happen from some degenerative disease or brain stroke and even due to malfunctioning of the brain’s ability to deal with language.

Memory care is costly

Compared with nursing home care or standard assisted care living, memory care is expensive because it needs more and special care round the clock. The affected elders need more supervision, and only trained caregivers with advanced skills can attend to them, especially when the disease is something serious like dementia. On an average, you must spend between $3,000 and $6,000 every month for assisted living with memory care.

Respite care – a low-cost alternative

Respite care is a cheaper alternative to memory care but not meant for everyone as it can work for less serious problems that the primary caregiver can manage with some little help. The services are available at home or even at an adult day care center.

Such care is available from government groups and private organizations at the state, federal and local levels. National Family Caregiver Support Program and Lifespan Respite Care are the two federally funded programs.

Author: Charlie Brown

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