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What Is Memory Care and Who Needs It?

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As you get older, you may notice changes in your mental sharpness and memory that are bothersome or concerning. Does this mean you need Memory Care at a Senior Living Facility? Not necessarily. While you should be mindful of your cognitive health as you age and take measures to protect your brain, a decline in memory and recall does not always indicate future Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Here, you will learn what a Memory Care program is and who would be best suited to this specialized type of Senior Care.

For the best in Memory Care, reach out to Buckner Calder Woods. Our Memory Care program, The Harbor, offers the same luxurious setting as the rest of our upscale Senior Living Community. You or your loved one will receive top-notch care from a compassionate, professional staff while you enjoy delicious meals, comfortable accommodations, and cognitive support from our Memory Enhancement programs. Call us today at 409.407.7636 to learn more about how our Memory Care program can help you manage Alzheimer’s or dementia.

What Is Memory Care?

Memory Care is an intensive level of Senior Care designed for those who have conditions that affect their cognitive function, primarily Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Individuals with these conditions need more assistance than other seniors, requiring a unique setting to ensure their safety.

Memory Care facilities provide essential services and care for older adults with cognitive impairment, such as:

  • Around-the-clock monitoring and assistance
  • Dining services
  • Medication management
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as showering, eating, and dressing
  • Activities to support and stimulate cognitive function
  • Frequent check-ins to ensure residents eat, receive help with personal hygiene matters, and engage in social activities
  • Heightened security measures to prevent wandering, such as secured doors and enclosed outdoor spaces
  • Some medical care, although this varies greatly from facility to facility

Memory Care may be provided by a stand-alone facility or in a designated section of an Assisted Living facility or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

Who Needs a Memory Care Facility?

Although there may be some natural decline in mental clarity as you age, that does not mean that all seniors will eventually require memory care. This type of care is more specific to seniors diagnosed with conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Their condition makes it unsafe for them to live alone, so they need a secure environment with supervision around the clock.

Who would benefit from living in a Memory Care facility? Seniors with cognitive conditions may require Memory Care if:

  • They do not have someone who can provide them with 24/7 care in their home.
  • They need assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), such as bathing, dressing, and eating.
  • The individual has a habit of wandering out of the home and getting lost.
  • They show signs of poor personal hygiene.

If the above factors apply to you or a senior in your life, you should consider relocating them to a Memory Care facility. These facilities can ensure their health and safety so that you do not need to worry about their well-being when you are not around.

What Is the Average Cost for Memory Care?

As you would expect, Memory Care involves a much higher level of care than Independent or Assisted Living, so it comes with a higher price tag. The average cost for Memory Care in the United States is around $7000 per month. This cost will vary depending on the facility and the state in which it is located, so it may be helpful to check out several facilities to find one that suits your budget.

Find the High-Quality Care You Deserve at Buckner Calder Woods

You deserve the best care throughout your senior years. Buckner Calder Woods is here to ensure you enjoy your retirement to the fullest, even with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our Memory Care programs will help sharpen or maintain your cognitive function while providing opportunities for socialization and entertainment. Call us today at 409.407.7636 to schedule a tour of The Harbor to see why Buckner is one of the top choices for Memory Care in Texas.