Alzheimer Care Facilities
What are the types of Alzheimer care facilities?
There are five different types of Alzheimer’s care facilities. In-home care is generally provided by the patient’s spouse, family, or a hired caregiver. Adult day care facilities offer Alzheimer’s patients the opportunity for social interactions in a safe and secure setting.
Assisted living care facilities often have an Alzheimer’s wing and some are entirely dedicated to caring for those with early to moderate stages of the disease. Nursing home care provides residential care 24/7 and offers a place for those who can no longer take care of themselves.
Memory care units are specialized facilities that are designed around the specific needs of patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
What should I look for in an Alzheimer's care facility?
The best way to choos an assisted living residence is to visit to get a feel for each place and compare the environment and care offered. Look for safety precautions, how wandering is handled, compassionate staff, and how outbursts and other difficult behaviors are handled.
Are there structured routines and appropriate activities for residents? Is there a safe outdoor recreation area? How much time did the staff take to gather information about your loved one? Do the current residents look relatively healthy and content?
What is the cost of Alzheimer's care?
There are several variables that affect the cost of assisted living and memory care. These include geographic area, whether one has a private room or shared living space, and the amount of care service one requires. Memory care units are typically more costly than assisted living.
On average, one can expect to pay approximately $3,500 per month for assisted living and $5,000 per month for memory care.