Memory Support - November 20, 2020

Choosing the Right Memory Support Community

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, eighty percent are age 75 or older. If your parent or family member is living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, what should you look for when choosing the right memory support community?

While there are similarities across the board with many memory support communities, there are many differences that make each one unique. Many of these differences are left to personal preferences, but when choosing a memory support community, differences in care, cost, and the setting and location are a few of the most important to consider.

Differences in Care

A Memory Support community is designed specifically for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of Dementia. Communities approach support differently, and it is important to ask questions during the decision-making process. For example:

  • How do you protect residents from wandering?
  • What kind of training do care partners have?
  • How do you handle medical emergencies?
  • What is the ratio of care partners to residents during the night and day?
  • What sort of programs (social, outdoor, exercise, or crafts) do you offer?
  • How do you handle difficult behaviors?

Through our unique Rhythms Dementia Program, we tailor our approach to your loved one’s natural rhythm in life. This holistic, person-centered approach supports residents in their successful aging journey. Here, relationships flourish, and personal stories are celebrated.

Differences in Cost

There can be a wide variance in cost between memory support communities based on state requirements as well as the services and amenities a community offers, the quality and type of care, floor plans and location.

Typically, a flat monthly rate is only a possibility if the community offers an all-inclusive rate, which is usually the most expensive rate. Rate calculation is often a combination of basic rent and support costs, which might be based on a points system, levels of care, a la carte, or all-inclusive. Most of these would require your loved one to be medically assessed for an estimate to even be given. Read more about memory screening and keeping a healthy memory.

Another factor to consider is the method of payment. Will it be entirely private pay, or will insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid cover any of it?

Here are questions to ask:

  • Do you have an average range that residents pay per month?
  • How often do the rates typically change?
  • What is included in the monthly rate?
  • Is insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid accepted?

Differences in Setting & Location

Memory support communities should be built with residents in mind. They should have plenty of natural light and the structure of the buildings should promote a safe and calming space. Here are a few questions you should be asking both yourself and the community:

  • How does this community’s structure promote the health and happiness of its residents?
  • How is the community secured?
  • Is this a stand-alone community or a neighborhood combined with an Assisted and Independent Living community?
  • How close is this community to my own home?
  • How often will I be able to visit?

Additionally, you should consider how close you need to be to your loved one in order to visit, based on how often you wish to. Both the location within your area and the buildings themselves should be considered. Find a Villagio Senior Living memory support community near you.

The environment, often more than the disease process itself, causes stress for those living with Dementia. At Villagio Senior Living, we know that caring for our residents means caring for the whole person — mind, body, spirit, and community. By addressing all the wellness needs of our residents, we help them live la Bella Vita, the good life. Bella Vita is Villagio’s approach to wellness, a multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment around us.

When you choose Villagio Senior Living memory support, you choose peace of mind that your loved one is receiving personalized support and the opportunity to continue living a fulfilled life. Download our free resource guide, “The Senior Living Breakdown,” to help you make an empowered decision.

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