In a previous article we took a look at the big scope answer of the question,
“what is an RCFE?” Then we looked at one of the sub-categories
of RCFE, Assisted Living. So we know that an RCFE is a facility that is
non-medical, and provides care for the elderly. Today we’ll look
at one of the biggest slices of that category pie, Memory Care.
Just like Assisted Living is often times tied to “big” and
“corporate” in the RCFE world. Memory Care is often also connected
to the corporate scene. Many “AL’s” (assisted living
facilities) have Memory Care unit’s attached to them. Sunrise calls
their Memory Care a “special neighborhood for the memory impaired.”
Brookdale is known for its Clare Bridge Program for Alzheimer’s
Care and Dementia Care.
Memory Care units are sometimes stand alone, but often times are part of
a larger facility “complex.” Memory Care units are purposefully
laid out to serve people with dementia and are often times “secured
units” to prevent residents from wandering outside of the facility.
A very helpful configuration is often times a rectangle shaped building
with a courtyard in the middle. This is to help give residents the opportunity
to move around freely without the feeling of being locked in.
The cost of Memory Care is usually higher then assisted living. Average
Assisted Living costs can be about $3,800 a month and Memory Care usually
starts at about $5,400. Though the cost is greater, the care is much more
comprehensive. Those with dementia often need constant supervision and
care. Compared to the average cost of 24 HR care at home ($12,000-$15,000
per month) Memory Care is a bargain.
Memory Care usually excels in programing that is purposeful in engaging
those with Dementia. As Dementia progresses, difficult behaviors often
increase. Dementia creates confusion about reality and circumstances.
It’s hard to accept someone “helping you to bed” when
you are convinced that it’s 7am and are “ready for breakfast.”
Both leisure and therapeutic programming can be tailored to assist in
creating routine and stability for someone suffering from dementia.
Memory Care units often have a greater caregiver to resident ratio then
their Assisted Living counterparts. Local Memory Care facilities in the
Orangevale and Roseville area have ratios that range from 8-15 residents
What kind of person might be the most happiest in a dedicated Memory Care
facility? People suffering from dementia unfortunately have very few options.
A Memory Care facility that has good programming and is staffed by loving
people is often the best care solution for those suffering from dementia.
Great examples of local Memory Care facilities that we love and point families to are
Somerford Place of Roseville and
Sunrise Senior Living of Fair Oaks.