Memory care is a specialized form of care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive decline. People living with memory loss often require professional support and assistance in their daily lives due to the progressive nature of their illness. The cost of memory care can vary depending on several factors:
Level of Care Affects the Cost of Memory Care
The cost of memory care varies by the amount of services the individual requires to live safely and successfully. Most facilities offering memory care have different pricing structures based on the complexity of care and the person’s individual needs, such as unsecured and secured memory support.
Residents who are experiencing mild cognitive losses may be able to live safely in an unsecured personal care or assisted living setting, thus reducing the cost of memory care. At Country Meadows, staff members work to alleviate residents’ feelings of frustration and anxiety that accompany early-stage memory loss, proactively identifying gradual changes and working to intervene by offering brain strengthening exercises suggested through personalized care plans for support.
Residents with more serious memory loss who may be at risk for wandering and other dangerous behaviors may require a secured living arrangement, affecting the cost of memory care. Individuals with more memory loss may have difficulty with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating and taking medications. As part of the cost of memory care, facilities offer 24/7 staff support to assist residents with these tasks.
Specially Trained Team Members
Staff members working to support individuals living with memory loss receive specialized training to understand the unique needs and challenges associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the cost of memory care, staff learns strategies to manage behaviors, provide cognitive stimulation and address the specific care requirements of residents living with memory loss.
Often times, memory care facilities utilize a lower staff-to-resident ratio compared to other senior living care levels, which is factored into the cost. Having a higher number of trained staff members per resident helps to ensure the safety, supervision and quality of care, allowing for more individualized attention and care for each resident.
Security and Safety Measures
Memory care facilities provide a secure and controlled environment that is specifically designed to minimize safety risks for individuals with memory impairments. The cost of memory care includes these enhanced security and safety measures such as secure entrances, alarmed exits, monitoring devices and carefully designed layouts to minimize potential hazards. To enable residents to continue to enjoy the outdoors, facilities may include safely enclosed garden areas and walking paths.
Specialized equipment and technology is factored into the cost of memory care as is providing beautiful living spaces while ensuring safety and reducing anxiety and stress.
Specialized Amenities and Programs
Memory care communities offer specialized amenities and programs designed to meet residents where they are in their personal journey with memory loss. The cost of memory care includes activities and exercises designed to engage residents and promote their well-being. These may include memory-enhancing activities, cognitive stimulation programs and therapeutic interventions tailored to each individual.
Isolation and loneliness can have a negative impact on seniors living with memory loss. As part of the cost of memory care, facilities provide opportunities for social interaction and engagement with others facing similar challenges. Group activities, outings and educational opportunities help residents maintain social connections and enhance overall well-being.
One way individuals have some control over the cost of memory care is when selecting living arrangements. Many memory care facilities offer more affordable options such as shared rooms and apartments as well as private and one-bedroom living arrangements, which come at a higher price.
Shared apartments and friendship suites, such as those available at Country Meadows, provide both peace of mind when transitioning to a new living community as well as savings to the cost of memory care.
Emotional Support for Families
Dealing with memory loss and cognitive decline can be emotionally challenging for both individuals living with dementia as well as their families. Memory care facilities offer emotional support and counseling services for residents and their loved ones, helping them navigate the emotional aspects of memory loss while providing a sense of community and understanding as well as educational resources. In addition to trained co-workers and on-staff experts in memory care, Country Meadows provides a robust library of resources for families on its website.
Country Meadows supports individuals at various stages of dementia in our memory care facilities at our nine locations in Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, Maryland. If you or a loved one are beginning the retirement planning journey and would like more information about our communities, please contact us today. We’re here to help.