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When to Transition from Assisted Living to Memory Care

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Transitioning from assisted living to memory care is an important decision that many families face when their loved ones begin to experience memory loss. It can be a difficult and emotional decision, but it’s important to provide your loved one with the appropriate support and care as they enter a new stage in life.

Assisted living and memory care are 2 types of care that provide support and assistance to seniors who need help with daily living activities. Assisted living is designed for seniors who are generally independent but may need some help with tasks like bathing, dressing, and medication management. Memory care, on the other hand, is specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia who require more focused support and attention.

So, when is the right time to transition from assisted living to memory care? The short answer is that the right time to transition into memory care depends on your loved one’s needs and the level of care they require. It’s important to work closely with your loved one, their healthcare provider, and their care team to determine when the time is right to make the transition.

Understanding Assisted Living

Assisted living is a lifestyle that is designed for individuals who require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). 

Assisted living communities offer a wide range of services and amenities to meet the unique needs of each resident. These services can include meal preparation and planning, housekeeping and laundry services, transportation, medication management, and assistance with personal care and grooming.

When considering a move to an assisted living community, there are several factors to consider. These can include the individual’s current health status, their level of independence, and their financial situation. Additionally, it’s important to consider the location and amenities of the community, as well as the quality of care provided by the staff.

Assisted living can be an excellent option for seniors who wish to maintain their independence while receiving the care and support they need. With a focus on individualized care and attention, assisted living communities provide a safe and supportive environment for seniors to thrive in during their golden years.

Understanding Memory Care

Memory care is a specialized type of care designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia who require assistance with daily living activities. This type of care is typically offered in a secure and supportive environment that is specifically tailored to the unique needs of individuals with memory impairments.

Memory care communities typically include specialized staff training, individualized care plans, and specialized programming that promotes engagement and socialization. Memory care communities also provide a safe and secure environment that is designed to foster comfort and minimize confusion.

The types of services offered in memory care vary depending on the individual needs of residents but typically include assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, meal preparation, and specialized therapies and activities designed to improve cognitive function.

Several factors can impact whether a person could benefit from memory care, including their level of cognitive impairment, behavioral symptoms, and medical needs. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if memory care is the right option for your loved one.

When to Transition from Assisted Living to Memory Care

A memory care facility staff assisting a senior man to eat his breakfast. Both of them smiling.

As your loved one ages, they might require more care than assisted living can provide. Knowing when to make the transition to memory care can be difficult, but there are some signs to look out for. If your loved one is experiencing the following, it may be time to consider memory care:

  • Cognitive decline
  • Wandering
  • Getting lost
  • Needing assistance with daily care tasks

The safety of your loved one should always be a top priority. Memory care communities are designed with safety in mind to promote comfort and ease of navigation. This can allow residents to remain independent while still receiving the care they need.

Communities with highly trained staff, specialized programming, and specialized environments that promote cognitive functioning can help support your loved one’s quality of life and promote a greater sense of independence.

Making the Transition to Memory Care

We understand that transitioning a loved one from assisted living to memory care can be a difficult decision. It’s important to remember that this transition can be a proactive step in supporting the safety and well-being of your loved one.

Speak to Your Loved One’s Care Team

The first step in considering a transition to memory care is to speak with your loved one’s physician and care team. They can help you assess your loved one’s current state of health and provide recommendations for the level of care they need. 

Find the Right Community

Some senior living communities, like Mattison Crossing at Manalapan Avenue, offer multiple levels of care, making the transition from assisted living to memory care easy. If your loved one is not currently living in a community that offers memory care, you can tour new communities to find the right fit.

Prepare for the Transition

Once you’ve made the decision to move your loved one to memory care, it’s important to prepare them for the transition. Share as much information as possible about the new environment and what their daily routine will look like. Involve them in the decision-making process as much as possible and encourage them to express their concerns and fears.

Memory Care at Mattison Crossing

At Mattison Crossing at Manalapan Avenue, we offer resources to assist with the transition to memory care. Our Memory Care service and amenities are designed specifically for residents with memory impairment and provide individualized care in a safe and secure environment. 

Our team is here to support you every step of the way. Book a visit with us today to learn more about our memory care services.

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