Memory Care

People who have memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia need more than just supervision and help with their daily activities. They need–and deserve–compassion, dignity, and an opportunity to continue to do things that enrich their lives.

Many of the continuing care communities managed by Erickson Living offer memory care neighborhoods that are designed to meet the specialized needs of residents with memory disorders. We treat residents as if they were members of our own family, and our specially designed neighborhoods offer a stimulating and nurturing environment so they can stay engaged and comfortable. Families have peace of mind that their loved one will be safe and participating in meaningful activities that nourish the mind, body, and spirit. 

What is a Memory Care Facility?

A memory care facility provides around-the-clock care for people experiencing memory loss and who are unable to live safely on their own. It offers residents a secure living environment and is part of an assisted living community or nursing home.

Memory care facilities are staffed with dedicated caregivers who support residents with their daily living activities, which include bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication management, and more. These trained caregivers also encourage residents to socialize and participate in enriching, multi-sensory activities meant to foster independence and give the residents a sense of purpose.  

The best memory care facilities are designed with colors and layouts that support way-finding, and also have added security features that enhance safety.

At most Erickson Living-managed communities, memory care suites have private bedrooms and either a private or shared bathroom. 

Memory Care Services and Resources

While services and resources vary by facility, typical memory care services include 24/7 personalized support for all daily activities such as:

  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Grooming
  • Dining
  • Medication management
  • Dressing
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry

Memory care residents also have access to the services and resources provided to the rest of the community which may include:

  • An on-site medical center and regular visits from the community’s physician  
  • On-site restaurants
  • Local pharmacy service with prescription delivery
  • 24-hour security and emergency response
  • Dry cleaning pickup and drop off
  • Computer labs
  • Library
  • Fitness center
  • Convenience store
  • Billiards and game room
  • Creative arts center

Some memory care facilities, including many of the memory care neighborhoods managed by Erickson Living, also offer additional services and levels of care on campus, such as:

  • Home support
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Long-term nursing care
  • Respite care
  • Social work services
  • Access to visiting specialists

Memory Care Activities

Memory care programs include lots of structured daily activities designed to help residents maintain their independence as much as possible. The activities vary by facility, but all are focused on maximizing each resident’s physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being.  Here are just a few of the stimulating and fun activities residents may enjoy:

  • Exercise classes and swimming
  • Music groups
  • Foreign language clubs
  • Creative arts classes and clubs
  • Poker, chess, bridge, and other games
  • Resident-run holiday events and parties

Dining and Memory Care

Mealtimes can be a real challenge for people struggling with memory-related conditions. Well-designed memory care facilities have family-style dining rooms that can help make mealtimes less stressful and more enjoyable. Residents sit and dine with their caregivers, and together they work to overcome obstacles.

Residents have the opportunity to gather with friends and socialize, while receiving regular, nutritious and delicious meals in a welcoming environment.

What is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care?

An assisted living community is a long-term residential care option for seniors who still value their independence but would benefit from extra support with the tasks of daily living. Memory care is also provided in a residential care facility, but it is specifically for people with severe cognitive impairments such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Specialized memory care units are often located on a floor or wing of an assisted living facility or nursing home.

Memory Care Costs

The costs of memory care vary by facility, geographic location, type of room (private vs. shared), and the amount of services needed. Since memory care is highly specialized care, costs may be higher than other types of residential senior care options. 

At Erickson Living-managed communities, memory care includes typical assisted living services, as well as unique services for those with memory loss. Some, but not all Erickson Living-managed communities require a one-time refundable entrance deposit. There is also a monthly package fee that includes a comprehensive list of services and amenities that provide residents with wellness, dignity, independence, enjoyment, and lifelong security.

Memory Care Offers Peace of Mind

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in nine Americans over 65 and one-third of Americans over age 85 have Alzheimer’s disease.In addition, Alzheimer’s Disease International states that more than 40% of family caregivers report that the emotional stress of their role is high or very high. Given these statistics, it is clear that there is a great need for high-quality memory care that can help people with memory disorders lead full and active lives, while providing their families with peace of mind.

Erickson Living-managed communities are dedicated to providing holistic care that meets the unique medical, physical, and emotional needs of memory care residents. We start by understanding each resident’s history, routines, and preferences so that we can develop the best program for their individual requirements. Your loved one will become part of our family. They will receive expert support and nutritious meals, and participate in a robust activities program comprised of self-directed, guided, and structured activities. Many Erickson Living-managed communities offer memory care. Learn more and find a continuing care community near you.

Communities with Memory Care