Assisted Living vs. Memory Care

Jan 21, 2020 | Articles

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Assisted Living vs. Memory Care – what’s the difference? We’re all getting older, and at some point and for a variety of reasons, living independently might become more difficult. When the safety of a loved one is in question, we need to look at living situations that might be better suited to handle our situation both now and in the future.

Assisted living facilities are a great option for seniors who can still function fairly well but need some daily assistance. For example, such a facility will typically have individual apartments which provide the feeling of independence, but also provide peace of mind for families knowing that help is available 24/7 if needed. Services may include meal service, medication management, laundry/housekeeping, case management, daily activities, various therapies and much more.

One of the major benefits of an assisted living facility is socialization. Scheduled daily activities within the facility are common, as are group outings to restaurants, shopping and nearby attractions. Assisted living facilities are not lock-down facilities, meaning residents are allowed to come and go as they please with family members and friends.

On the other hand, a memory care facility offers a safe alternative living environment for individuals dealing with dementia or other cognitive disorders. While offering many of the same services that you will find at an assisted living facility, differences would include a secure environment to prevent wandering and programs and activities designed to aid memory recall. More intensive personal care can also be provided by trained and caring staff.

Examining the benefits of Assisted Living vs. Memory Care

When examining the benefits of assisted living vs. memory care, it is best to make a personal visit to the facility for a tour and a meeting with staff to answer any questions you may have about services and cost. There is nothing wrong with making multiple visits to the same facility to ensure you’re making the best decision for the current and future needs of your loved one.

Please feel free to contact the professionals at Bristol Homes at (716) 406-9500 or info@bristolhome.org for more information and guidance.


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