18 December, 2019 | 2 min read

Memory Care vs. Assisted Living: Which is Right for Your Parents?

Many people are surprised to discover the numerous options available in modern senior living communities. There are communities designed to meet the needs of specific groups of elder adults. For example, independent living communities are designed for seniors who are still independent but want the security and social benefits of living in a community. If your parents are showing signs that they would benefit from some additional support and assistance, you may want to explore the options and find one that suits their current and future needs.

Memory Care

Memory care communities are designed to meet the ever-changing needs of people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dementia is complex and presents unique challenges for the people living with it as well as for their care partners. If your parents are living with dementia, memory care may be the best option. Memory care communities are designed to help ensure that your parents remain safe even as their needs change. In addition, these communities provide an environment where socialization is promoted so your parents do not become isolated. This design includes staff who are trained and knowledgeable about strategies of how to support someone living with dementia to live well.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a type of community that can provide your parent with some help while still supporting their independence. In addition, assisted living provides opportunities for interaction with other residents through community events. Assisted living communities are designed for people who need help with some or most activities of daily living. If your parents need help with their mobility, medication management, dressing, eating, or other self-care tasks then assisted living may be a good option. There are several levels of care available in assisted living communities. Understanding these can help you determine if assisted living is the right option for your parents. You can see a breakdown of the levels of care available at Eskaton here.

Which is right for your parents?

The best senior living option for your parents is dependent upon the specifics of their situation. You should consider your parents’ current and future needs as you look at senior living communities. Do they have any conditions that will likely change their future needs or require some additional support? The answer to that question can impact the type of community you should choose. The ultimate goal in choosing a memory care or assisted living community is to provide your parents with the best possible environment and culture to support their well-being.

Eskaton offers memory care and assisted living communities along with several other types of communities. You can see a full list of communities on the Eskaton website and further explore the options in order to determine the best choice for your parents.

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