Choosing an Assisted Living or Memory Care Facility

assisted living facilityAt American Senior Communities, we know how frustrating and difficult it can be to choose the right assisted living facility for your loved one. With so many different options available, it can be overwhelming to be certain you’re making the right choice to meet your loved one’s needs.

At American Senior Communities, we’ve created senior living communities designed to specifically meet the needs of your loved ones by providing several different lifestyle choices, with integrated services and amenities.

The fastest-growing options for residential senior care are assisted living and memory care, but which option should you choose for your loved one? At American Senior Communities, we offer both assisted living apartments and memory care assisted living. So what are the differences in the care provided?

Choosing the Right Senior Community for your Loved One

If your loved one needs help with basic daily activities, but is still active and independent, assisted living is an available option to him or her. The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as “a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed”. According to their 2013 Survey of Assisted Living Residents, 93% of residents say they are satisfied with the community in which they live, with 68% being very satisfied.

Assisted living facilities generally offer a 24-hour staff on duty, along with recreational activities, housekeeping and transportation. At American Senior Communities, our assisted living apartments come in a variety of floor plans with restaurant-style dining rooms.  Our services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual.

Many assisted living communities, American Senior Communities’ included, incorporate memory care units on their premises. Many senior care facilities are offering both assisted living and memory care so that when residents move in with early stages of Alzheimer’s and progress into the middle stages, the facility can offer continuity in their care. Around the clock supervision becomes necessary to help keep your loved one safe.

A memory care unit will offer long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. In addition to assisting your loved one with the activities of daily living, the staff in a memory care facility specializes in assisting people with memory impairment. Usually, these facilities offer a floor plan to keep these patients grouped together in a secured unit to minimize wandering and maximize their security.

American Senior Communities’ memory care assisted living is the perfect environment for your loved one who is in the early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. We believe in promoting each resident’s independence, while keeping them involved in daily activities. Our specially-trained caregivers are always available to provide guidance and assistance.

Some of our communities also offer memory care through our Auguste’s Cottage program, which utilizes the social model philosophy of care. The concept of the cottage is to maintain a secure, yet home-like setting that offers daily activities to help encourage independence and a sense of belonging.

In general, many of the services offered in assisted living and memory care facilities overlap. Both provide assistance with daily activities and housekeeping, monitoring of medications and supervised care. They also offer health and exercise programs, social activities, daily meals, and emergency call systems. On top of these services, memory care facilities also offer more structured activities, and programs provided in a manner beneficial to residents suffering from memory loss.

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