Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care

Memory Impairments | Memory Care Assisted Living Centers

Alzheimer's Care Affecting Seniors

Alzheimer's (AHLZ-high-merz) disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person's memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer's progresses,individuals may also experience changes in personality and behavior, such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations. 

Memory Impairment Induced by Medication or Illness

Some times individuals may experience memory loss due to an illness like a UTI or as a side effect of certain medication.  As we age, it is critical to speak openly with your physician and identify the cognitive mental status of the individual in needing an evaluation.

Paying for an Alzheimer's Care Assisted Living

If you are caregiving for a loved one living with Alzeimer's disease or other memory impairment and your loved one is physically capable of transferring, then a secured memory care community may be appropriate.   Purchasing a long term care insurance policy may cover part of the monthly cost of room and board with care however for the most part, health insurance does NOT cover assisted living and required payment is done privately through personal funds.  

Why Consider a Secured Memory Care Community

Secured memory care communities allow trained health care professionals to care for someone living with Alzheimer's disease or other memory impairment to live in a safe environment.  Most memory care communities offer cognitive programs and activities designed to stimulate the mind and body.  When considering a secure memory care community, be sure to ask for weekly activities that are designed to encourage daily activities.  

What to Expect from a Memory Care Community

A secure memory care assisted living community should not feel or look like an institiution. Most are designed using proven techniques such as memory boxes, specialized lighting and hand rails to create a calm living environment.  

What do most Memory Care Communities look like?

For the most part, most centers esthetically resemble a home like enviroment with separate or shared apartments.  Generally there is a common dining room with kitchen that allow trained caregivers to tend to daily meals while overseeing meal consumption and nutrition.  

Care at secured faciity allow family members to enter and leave the facility with an assigned passcode.  

Nursing Care at a Memory Care Assisted Living Center

At a memory care assisted living center, family can rest assured that a clinical nurse is supervising the general health of a resident.   Most centers have visiting doctors come to see the residents utlizing the Wellness Center on property.  Housecall physicians see the residents where medical services are paid for by the resident's insurance however coordinated by the wellness center nurse.    

Security at a Memory Care Center

A secure memory specific assisted living center allows caregivers the freedom to enter the community utlizing a security pad which requires a passcode to enter and exit the community; therefore residents cannot exit freely.   These dementia specific centers offer a home-like secure environment.   Assistance with daily living tasks for most communities are separate monthly fee based on the care level of the resident in addition to the monthly rental fee however some communities do offer a flat rate for all levels of care.  

Treatment for Alzheimer's Care

Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, new treatments are on the horizon as a result of accelerating insight into the biology of the disease. Research has also shown that effective care and support can improve quality of life for individuals and their caregiver.

Accessing a Clinical Trials for Alzheimer's disease

If you feel you or a loved one could benefit from a clinical trial for Alzheimer's care it is best to discuss this option with your primary care physician.  Based on your health care insurance he/she may refer you to a neurologist that specializes in memory impairments.  The neurologist may participate in a clinical trial or perhaps can refer you to a clinic that works with trials.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Alzheimer's Disease and Senior Care Options

Here are a few frequently questions on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care that you may find helpful: