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What Is Memory Care? Services, Cost, and Benefits

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What is memory care?

Memory care is a type of long-term care community designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with a dementia diagnosis, like Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Memory care facilities offer 24-hour care and supervision, secured environments, specialized staff trained in dementia care, and memory-enhancing activities and therapies. Memory care can take place in apartment-like facilities, within a wing of an assisted living facility, or in smaller residential care homes. The goal of memory care is to provide an engaging, safe, and therapeutic environment for seniors with dementia to support their well-being and improve their quality of life. Individuals in the middle to later stages of dementia benefit most from a memory care environment.

Benefits of memory care

Because dementia symptoms worsen over time, elderly adults with dementia are often unable to continue to live independently in their homes. If a family member is unable to take on the caregiver role, which can quickly become a full-time job, memory care is a great option. Memory care not only benefits seniors with dementia but also families who are feeling overwhelmed by their loved one’s advanced care needs. It gives families peace of mind that their loved one is in a secure and therapeutic environment with caregivers trained to handle difficult dementia behaviors.

Read on to learn all about memory care benefits, specialized services, costs, and payment options. We also offer free tips on finding and moving to a community in your area.


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Memory care services and features

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As dementia progresses, seniors will likely need assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, incontinence care, and moving about. Memory care staff are trained to provide help with ADLs based on each resident’s abilities.


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Memory care vs. other senior care types

Memory care provides many of the same amenities and services offered in other senior living settings. However, dementia and Alzheimer’s care facilities specialize in meeting the intensive needs of seniors with memory loss. The following articles can help you understand how memory care communities compare to other senior care options.


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Memory care costs and payment options

The median national cost of memory care is $6,200 per month, according to proprietary data gathered by A Place for Mom. Costs vary greatly between communities and depend on factors like location, community amenities, programming, apartment size, and the level of care a senior requires. Pricing models also vary. For instance, some memory care communities may be all-inclusive, while others may use an a la carte approach and charge based on services required by a resident.

Memory care base costs typically cover rent, utilities, meals and snacks, housekeeping, transportation to medical appointments, on-site activities, nonmedical therapies, and shared amenities. However, some amenities — such as in-unit internet service, beauty and barber services, laundry, and pet accommodations — may cost extra.

While many families look to savings to finance senior care, there are other little-known funding sources that can help. The articles below can help you better understand pricing and the options available to help pay for memory care.


Everything You Need to Know About the Cost of Memory Care: A State-by-State Guide

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Atria Forest Hills

112-50 72 Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375


(79 reviews)

The Belvedere

5110 19th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204


(33 reviews)

Sunrise at East 56th

139 East 56th St, New York, NY 10022


(10 reviews)

Sunrise of Sheepshead

2211 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235


(67 reviews)

Sunrise of Mill Basin

5905 Strickland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234


(76 reviews)

Atria Kew Gardens

117-01 84th Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY 11418


(77 reviews)

Atria West 86

333 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024


(126 reviews)

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights

21 Clark St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


(5 reviews)

The Apsley by Sunrise

2330 Broadway, New York, NY 10024


(3 reviews)

Choosing a memory care community

Touring communities is one of the best ways to find the most suitable memory care for seniors. A tour can help you see what a typical day would look like for your loved one. You’ll get to look at apartment floor plans, interact with staff members and residents, explore shared amenities, and maybe even try a meal. Some communities even offer virtual memory care tours if an in-person visit isn’t possible.

The following guides cover everything you need to know about finding the right memory care community for a loved one.


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Tips for moving a loved one to memory care

Once you’ve narrowed down your memory care options, the next step is to figure out moving details. It’s important to keep your loved one involved in decisions to help them feel a sense of control. However, their memory loss may prevent them from fully understanding the situation. During this process, being patient and realistic is essential. You can use the following conversational and moving tips to make sure the transition is as successful and smooth as possible.


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Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

The score shown is the overall experience rating which is an average of the reviews submitted for those communities. The overall experience rating is a star rating that ranges from 1 being the lowest to 5 being the highest.

Below are the 51 largest cities grouped by their metropolitan area.

Top states for Memory Care

Alabama, AL
293 facilities
Alaska, AK
39 facilities
Arizona, AZ
568 facilities
Arkansas, AR
136 facilities
California, CA
1459 facilities
Colorado, CO
343 facilities
Connecticut, CT
173 facilities
Delaware, DE
40 facilities
Florida, FL
1549 facilities
Georgia, GA
610 facilities
Hawaii, HI
32 facilities
Idaho, ID
140 facilities
Illinois, IL
687 facilities
Indiana, IN
480 facilities
Iowa, IA
474 facilities
Kansas, KS
269 facilities
Kentucky, KY
272 facilities
Louisiana, LA
113 facilities
Maine, ME
143 facilities
Maryland, MD
212 facilities
Massachusetts, MA
348 facilities
Michigan, MI
811 facilities
Minnesota, MN
818 facilities
Mississippi, MS
182 facilities
Missouri, MO
514 facilities
Montana, MT
125 facilities
Nebraska, NE
304 facilities
Nevada, NV
118 facilities
New Hampshire, NH
95 facilities
New Jersey, NJ
354 facilities
New Mexico, NM
106 facilities
New York, NY
495 facilities
North Carolina, NC
656 facilities
North Dakota, ND
101 facilities
Ohio, OH
856 facilities
Oklahoma, OK
244 facilities
Oregon, OR
427 facilities
Pennsylvania, PA
1087 facilities
Rhode Island, RI
66 facilities
South Carolina, SC
394 facilities
South Dakota, SD
127 facilities
Tennessee, TN
436 facilities
Texas, TX
1188 facilities
Utah, UT
164 facilities
Vermont, VT
56 facilities
Virginia, VA
457 facilities
Washington, WA
532 facilities
West Virginia, WV
57 facilities
Wisconsin, WI
1041 facilities
Wyoming, WY
47 facilities

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