Memory Care / Dementia Care units will provide a safe and secure environment for loved ones affected by Alzheimer's or other various forms of dementia that can impair memory and cognitive abilities. Although many are able to care for someone suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia at home, it may come to a point in the disease process that makes home care unmanageable. While many families prefer to keep their loved one home for as long as possible, a person who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's will eventually require 24-hour supervised care in catered settings. With the variety of home health services that are available, this may be delayed; but in some instance, placement is warranted for memory care.

Assisted Living Communities with a Memory Care / Dementia Care unit are designed with their residents in mind. Entire wings or even buildings may be designated for individuals suffering from memory impairment and they often provide a different level of supervision and security. For example, Alzheimer’s living environments have secured areas to prevent wandering; a common symptom of the disease. These communities provide intensive, long-term medical care to seniors with serious health and dementia conditions in a fully-staffed and monitored facility. Memory care centers are staffed with caregivers who are trained and accustomed to the impulsivity and reduced safety awareness exhibited by many who suffer from cognitive impairments and require memory care.

Many memory care centers will also offer programs designed to slow progression or alleviate symptoms associated with dementia like agitation and aggression. Sensory stimulation, cognitive therapies, physical and occupational therapies are generally included in these types of memory care programs. There has been a lot of positive research regarding alternative therapies such as music and art therapies, which tend to help reduce anxiety and distress. Most therapies and memory care programs are performed in group settings, which allows for greater supervision of the residents and also provides the socialization that is needed.

Memory care centers/facilities offer 24-hour supervised care with meals, activities and health management for residents. Below are some of the basic services offered in memory care:
• Comfortable private, or semi-private, rooms
• Daily meals
• Housekeeping and laundry service
• Medication management
• Exercise and physical therapy programs
• Social programs and activities
• 24-hour staffing and personal assistance