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What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living & Memory Care?

February is our Singing Month! Since music and singing especially already help so many in memory care, we’re going to look at how memory care is different from other types of care and from assisted living.

When it comes to the care of a loved one with dementia, you may be wondering where the distinction lies. While both options provide ample support and supervision, there are some key differences between the two. While it’s nice to know the differences, supportive living in Calgary can often serve as a trial period to find out whether more specialized care is required. Let’s take a closer look at what each type of care offers:

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are designed for seniors who need some Calgary supportive living options with their day-to-day activities but do not require full-time nursing care. Most assisted living communities have staff on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offer a variety of services and amenities, such as meals, social activities, and transportation. Residents typically have their own studio or one-bedroom apartment with shared common areas. This type of care is quite common, and many are looking for assisted care. Memory care is a bit more targeted.

Memory Care

Memory care communities specialize in the care of seniors with dementia and other memory impairments. They offer 24-hour supervision and support, as well as activities and programs tailored to meet the needs of those with memory loss. Our Hearts Memory Care is a program committed to cutting edge modalities like aromatherapy, video therapy, stimulating therapy, pet therapy and tactile stimulation. Memory care communities typically have smaller populations, so residents can receive personalized care, treatment plans, and attention.

So, which is right for your loved one? Here are some things to consider.

Choosing Between Assisted Living & Memory Care

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How much assistance does your loved one need with daily activities?

The level of care required will dictate which type of community is best suited for them. Assisted living communities are a good option for seniors who only need a little assistance, while memory care is ideal for those who require more intensive support. With that said, it’s important to note that not all assisted living facilities offer memory care and vice versa. Memory care is something you have to seek out. But we take the time to explain it to our residents and their families.

What is your loved one’s stage of dementia?

Not all memory care communities are created equally. Some cater to those in the early stages of dementia, while others specialize in caring for those more progressed. It’s crucial to find a community that can meet your loved one’s specific needs.

How much does your loved one want to participate in social activities?

Assisted living communities typically offer a wide range of social activities, from arts and crafts to fitness classes. Memory care communities offer even more activities, but they are often tailored specifically to meet the needs of those with memory loss. They offer treatment methods backed by research that promise some neurological benefits. If your loved one is looking for a community that offers a lot of social opportunities, then assisted living may be the better option.

How much does your loved one want to live independently?

Assisted living communities offer residents a high degree of independence. They can come and go as they please and typically have their own apartment. Memory care communities are more restrictive, with residents typically living with less privacy but more support. If your loved one thrives with more independence and freedom, then assisted living may be a better fit.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to choosing between assisted living and memory care. Supportive living in Calgary means Alberta’s families decide what the best type of care is for their loved ones before trying things out. The most important thing to consider is what the individual’s needs are and whether or not a particular community can meet those needs. For more information on supportive living, please visit the Manor Village Life Centres in Calgary and abroad or contact us!

The Manor Villages combine elegant retirement homes with quality care. We’re the Community with Heart™. To help you navigate conversations about mobility or if you are seeking assistance, contact The Manor Village at 403-686-8386.