Top-Notch Memory Care that Won’t Break the Bank
Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia can be a real struggle. Families often come to our memory care and assisted living homes overwhelmed from caring for their spouse, mother or father.
There are feelings of inadequacy. Of guilt. Of sadness.
Inadequacy because the family thinks they should be able to care for the person who cared for them.
Guilt because they think they should be caring for their loved one at home instead of a care facility. Often the person with memory care needs reinforces this guilt.
Sadness because the family sees the progression of the disease on a day-to-day basis. There may also be sadness or shock when the family sees the cost of memory care
Memory Care and Assisted Living Go Hand in Hand
Everyone who comes into one of our assisted living and memory care homes struggles with some chronic condition. We believe in caring for each person individually based on their status.
We don’t believe you should be charged extra just because your loved one has Alzheimer’s or Dementia. We believe our residents should be charged based only on 2 criteria:
- The level of care they require
- The type of room they want in our memory care.
- Private rooms with private bath
- Private rooms
- Semi-private (2 people) rooms
That’s the reason our costs can be 40-50% less than a large facility.
Consistently Top-Notch Care in all our Homes
Whether you’re interested in our assisted living and memory care homes in Surprise, Goodyear or Mesa, Arizona, you will find the same level of great care.
Safe and Secure:
Homes that keep residents safe while still able to have fun with others
Support and Care:
Caregiver to resident ratios as low as 1:3
Smaller homes have lower costs that can be passed on to you
Memory Care Issues We Cannot Accept
In many cases we care for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia through Hospice. However, there are some behaviors resulting from memory care that we are not equipped to handle. Specifically we cannot work with residents who are
- Combative to our staff and residents, or
- Those that habitually wander and try to ‘escape’ from our assisted living homes
In either of those cases, we would be happy to recommend another home or facility that may be a better fit for handling those behaviors.
What Families are Saying about our Assisted Living and Memory Care Homes
- Joanne and Larry B.
We wanted to thank you again for taking such good care of my mother, especially when we had to be out of the country. If you ever need a recommendation for your home – you may use our name and phone number. Thank you.
- Pamela K.
I would like to thank you once again for the kindness you showed my father, Vern B., last week. We were in a very difficult situation and your willingness to take him in in such a short notice, on a Friday evening, and for such a short period of time was greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity of heart.
- The Dahms Family
We’re so thankful that Lester had such fine care while at your home. We had no idea that the time would be so short. Your kindness and compassion was so evident and we are very thankful that we found you. God Bless you all.
Some memory care questions we receive:
What exactly is memory care?
Many facilities have a separate area for direct, specialized care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. We believe that all our residents should receive specialized care regardless of their condition.
What is the difference between memory care and dementia care?
Memory care is a long-term form of care to help a person live with their disease. Dementia care is a more specific treatment program for the disease based on the evaluation and ongoing monitoring by medical personnel such as a doctor or nurse. Dementia care would be care more suited for a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
What are memory care activities?
We believe people should not cut-off the activities in their life just because they have memory care needs. In fact, lots of research shows activities can help to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Some of our activities include:
- Field trips to air shows, movies, sports and restaurants
- Volunteers spending time with the residents
- Exercise with our personal trainer
- Musical performances
- Walks outside
- Holiday and birthday celebrations
How much more is memory care than assisted living?
In other assisted living and memory care facilities, you can see costs as high as 20-30% more than for those in the assisted living without Alzheimer’s or Dementia. In our assisted living and memory care homes, there is no additional cost.
How Often Should You Visit a Parent in Memory Care?
We recommend most families to stay away from the home for a couple of days after their loved one moves in. That allows him or her to become adjusted to a routine. Then we recommend the family come as often as possible. That’s why we don’t have visiting hours. Seeing familiar faces will make your family member feel more comfortable in the home.
What is the meaning of Memory Care?
Memory care is a facility that handles people with some form of cognitive impairment. These conditions include Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Cognitive Decline from other conditions such as a stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. These people need assistance and direction in their activities of daily living, but may be able to handle many tasks.
How is memory care different from assisted living?
Memory care specializes in the care of people with conditions that cause cognitive decline. Memory care may have more secure buildings and more hands-on care than assisted living. In many aspects memory care and assisted living are similar. Both services provide care on a 24/7 basis, room or apartment-style living, and assistance with various activities of daily living. In many residential assisted living homes, memory care and regular assisted living residents live together in the same building. Larger communities may have an assisted living building and a memory care building on the same campus.
At what point should a dementia patient go into care?
When a person is having trouble living on their own, remembering what they are doing, or at risk for falling it might be time for a higher level of care. Especially if family members are not able to assist with care at home. Certain types of dementia may show signs of aggressive behavior to the resident or others, in which case a memory care facility may be more appropriate.
How long do most people live in memory care?
Generally most residents live in memory care for between 2 and 10 years. We’ve seen people suffer from dementia for as many as 17 years, although they lived in a facility for about 10 years. The length of stay will depend on how rapid the cognitive decline becomes. The speed of the disease will depend on each individual.