Memory Care Communities


Memory care communities are designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The community may be a floor of an assisted living residence or it may be a separate building. he physical layout is created specifically for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.

Similar to assisted living facilities, memory care communities offer basic 24/7 supervised care, medical monitoring, and help with daily activities such as dressing, mobility, and hygiene.

How is memory care different from other communities or facilities?

Staff: Memory care staff are specially trained to understand the personal, social and physical needs of the residents. Memory care staff in Maryland are required by law to take annual dementia care training.

Activities: Residents are provided a range of familiar activities that accommodate the skills and abilities of each individual person:

  • Structured programs and activities are created to nurture residents
  • Activities are specially designed around a resident’s past interests so they may reconnect with their memories
  • Art, music, gardening and games are common programs, along with exercise classes
  • Some communities may provide escorted outings or “field trips.”

Physical setting: Individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia can become stressed and disoriented. Memory Care Communities are designed to support a relaxing setting.

  • Secured space that allows residents to move freely without allowing them to wander outside the residence
  • Enclosed outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy and explore safely
  • Individual or shared rooms, or small apartments without kitchens
  • Wide range in size from 12 to as many as 160 residents

Cost: The cost of Memory Care Communities is private pay. Medicare does not cover the cost of Memory Care. Most will accept long term care insurance. A few accept Medicaid waiver participants. Memory Care begins at about $3,000 per month but can go much higher. Additional fees are often charged, so it is important to include a thorough discussion of the complete monthly cost when researching a Memory Care Community.

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