Memory Care vs Assisted Living

Dementia Care for the Elderly

If it’s no longer safe for you or an aging family member to live alone, you may need to find an assisted living home that provides care and assistance with the activities of daily living. Some assisted living homes are strictly that, a group setting where staff provides assistance, meals, transportation and activities. Others, like many BeeHive Homes, also offer memory care.

What's the Difference?

Memory care communities are a type of assisted living facility in which the staff have additional training and experience with the concerns that residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s often experience. Those issues may include wandering, aggressive behavior, anxiety, memory loss, and even difficulty in swallowing.

BeeHive Homes of Texas memory care homes usually care for just 15 to 22 residents. So the more intimate setting is easier for someone struggling with dementia. Also, each memory care home is secure, keeping residents who may wander safe and protected.  Our staff receive ongoing education to understand how best to help residents with dementia and memory loss by lessening distress and anxiety.

Specialized activities may also help with memory care. Some assisted living homes focus more on keeping residents entertained with games or a comfortable TV room. Memory care homes often use music as a calming background. They also offer dementia-specific activities such as art and sensory experiences. A few examples are finger painting, folding washcloths, and paging through colorful books and magazines.

As dementia or Alzheimer’s progress, residents may need increasing care. Our team of administrators and caregivers recognize the changing needs and update care plans as needed. Many memory care residents may still enjoy gathering with others for meals and socialization. But we’re also attentive to their need for dignity as well as proper nutrition.

Safety is always a top priority. Our memory care homes include safety precautions to allow for as much independence as possible while keeping your family member safe. If you or a loved one are concerned about living independently at home, particularly if dementia may be developing, please contact your nearest BeeHive Homes location to learn more about our assisted living and memory care homes.

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