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Discovery Commons at Wildewood

  23185 Milestone Way
California, MD 206149

301-338-6014

HeartFields Assisted Living at Easton

  700 Port Street
Easton, MD 21601

Sunrise at Mount Vernon

  8033 Holland Road
Alexandria, VA 22306

Paul Spring

  7116 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, VA 22307

703-768-0234

Brightview South River

  8 Lee Airpark Drive
Edgewater, MD 21037

Charter Senior Living of Annapolis

  2717 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Fairfax at Belvoir Woods

  9140 Belvoir Woods Pkwy
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Brookdale Woodward Estates

  14997 Health Center Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

Sunrise of Alexandria

  3520 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22304

Sunrise of Annapolis

  800 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

Sunrise of Springfield

  6541 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Goodwin House Alexandria

  4800 Fillmore Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311

HarborChase of Prince William Commons

  14080 Central Loop
Woodbridge, VA 22193

703-721-8801

Charter Senior Living of Bowie

  7600 Laurel Bowie Road
Bowie, MD 20715

Annapolitan Assisted Living

  84 Old Mill Bottom Rd North
Annapolis, MD 21409

410-757-7000

Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads

  3440 S Jefferson St
Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041

The Residences at Thomas Circle

  1330 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

Peregrine Senior Living at Salisbury

  1110 Healthway Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

Aarondale

  6929 Matthew Place
Springfield, VA 22151

703-813-1800

Arbor Terrace Senior Living

  9885 Greenbelt Road
Lanham, MD 20706

Lakeside at Mallard Landing

  1109 S Schumaker Dr
Salisbury, MD 21804

443-397-9793

Tribute at the Glen

  4151 Old Bridge Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

571-402-1870

The Jefferson

  900 North Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22203

Sunrise at Bluemont Park

  5910 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205

Sunrise of Arlington VA

  2000 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Sunrise of Severna Park

  43 West McKinsey Road
Severna Park, MD 21146

Sunrise of Falls Church

  330 North Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

The Kensington Falls Church

  700 W. Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

703-992-9868

HeartLands Assisted Living at Severna Park

  715 Benfield Road
Severna Park, MD 21146

Sunrise on Connecticut Ave

  5111 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Grand Oaks

  5901 MacArthur Blvd, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Paramount Senior Living at Fredericksburg

  3500 Meekins Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights

  5555 Friendship Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Sunrise of Fairfax

  9207 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031

Sunrise of Silver Spring

  11621 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Sunrise of McLean

  8315 Turning Leaf Lane
McLean, VA 22102

Sunrise of Hunter Mill

  2863 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124

Sunrise at Fox Hill

  8300 Burdette Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

8 Featured Memory Care Communities in the California Area

Discovery Commons at Wildewood

One Decision. One Move. One Special Place.

  •  23185 Milestone Way, California, MD 206149
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  • Housekeeping Housekeeping
    Memory and Dementia Care Memory and Dementia Care
    Pets Welcome Pets Welcome
    Restaurant Style Dining Restaurant Style Dining
     Transportation Transportation
  • on-site access to therapy services and wellness programs, medical direction and 24-hour medical support
  • safety-minded floor plans
  • uncomplicated, resort-style living that also enables seniors to gain access to 24/7 assistance with their daily tasks
  • Our SHINE® Memory Care program curriculum has earned a National Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association®, the country’s leading, voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care and research.
  • Our SHINE® Memory Care Program provides long-term care designed to meet the needs of these residents through a supervised environment, assistance with daily living activities and medical monitoring.

The Residences at Thomas Circle

Live a Lifestyle You’ll Love!

  •  1330 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Spacious apartments with multiple floor plans and dramatic views
  • Full kitchens with maple cabinetry and ceramic floors
  • Rooftop pool and patio
  • On-site wellness center
  • To meet the dietary needs of our residents, Thomas Circle is pleased to offer a variety of specialty meals, including diabetic, no added salt, and vegetarian.

Arbor Terrace Senior Living

Quality Senior Living & Memory Care in Prince George's County

  •  9885 Greenbelt Road, Lanham, MD 20706
  • Three nutritious meals cooked fresh daily
  • Fun filled calendar of social, religious, recreational and educational programs
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Confidential room service due to temporary illness
  • 24-hour staffing

Lakeside at Mallard Landing

Discover. Connect. Experience.

  •  1109 S Schumaker Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804
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  • Memory and Dementia Care Memory and Dementia Care
    Pets Welcome Pets Welcome
    Restaurant Style Dining Restaurant Style Dining
    Various Levels of Care Various Levels of Care
  • Customized Senior-Living Lifsteyle
  • Safe, Secure & Friendly Community
  • No Buy-ins or Long Term Commitments
  • Peace of Mind for you and your loved ones
  • Now offering Senior Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care & Respite Care

Tribute at the Glen

Putting the "Golden" Back in Golden Years.

  •  4151 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192
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  • All Inclusive All Inclusive
    Sidewalks Sidewalks
     Transportation Transportation
    Various Levels of Care Various Levels of Care
  • We believe that if a community's focus is strictly on care, they don't care enough. At Tribute at The Glen, great care is just a by-product of bigger and better things.
  • We believe that our team members are what make our community, a real community. There is nothing like seeing warm familiar smiles, and friends to know that you're in a place you can call your own.
  • Our independent living options give you peace of mind and lock-and-go freedom to travel, visit friends and family, and do the things you’ve always wanted to do.
  • The Cadence Living Revere Memory Care℠ approach uses relationship-based care centered on your loved one’s individual needs to engage the body, mind and spirit with a holistic program curriculum
  • Assisted Living is for people who value their independence and are competently in charge of their lives, but need some extra assistance with daily activities.

The Kensington Falls Church

We Promise to Love and Care for Your Family as We Do Our Own.

  •  700 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
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  • All Inclusive All Inclusive
    Arts and Crafts Studios Arts and Crafts Studios
    Housekeeping Housekeeping
    Memory and Dementia Care Memory and Dementia Care
    Near Medical Facilities Near Medical Facilities
    On-Call Physician On-Call Physician
    Restaurant Style Dining Restaurant Style Dining
    Virtual/Video Tour Virtual/Video Tour
  • Daily Life Enrichment Activities and Individualized Care Plans
  • Physical, Cognitive, Social, Emotional, and Spiritual Needs Supported
  • Thoughtfully Designed Memory Care Program Geared for the Whole Family
  • A Fitness Center and Rehabilitation Services On-site
  • Hoyer Lift to Support Safer Transfers. Assistance Due to Movement Disorders

HeartLands Assisted Living at Severna Park

Welcome Home

  •  715 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146
  • 3 nutritious meals daily, served restaurant-style, plus snacks
  • Hydro spa rooms
  • Kitchenettes in all apartments
  • Choice of apartment layouts, carpeting and furnishings optional
  • Social, recreational, educational and spiritual activities

Grand Oaks

Caters to Those Seeking an Independent Lifestyle Combined with Comfortable Surroundings and Long Term Care!

  •  5901 MacArthur Blvd, NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans

30 Memory Care Communities in the California Area

Paul Spring

Welcome to Paul Spring

  •  7116 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307
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  • Arts and Crafts Studios Arts and Crafts Studios
    Community Garden Community Garden
    Golf Golf
    Housekeeping Housekeeping
    Memory and Dementia Care Memory and Dementia Care
    Near Medical Facilities Near Medical Facilities
    Restaurant Style Dining Restaurant Style Dining
    Sidewalks Sidewalks
     Transportation Transportation
    Various Levels of Care Various Levels of Care
    Virtual/Video Tour Virtual/Video Tour
  • Chef prepared meals served restaurant-style in our dining room
  • Social and recreational programs
  • Housekeeping and linen services available
  • Locally scheduled transportation
  • Activity Room with planned activities/events

HarborChase of Prince William Commons

Discover Luxury Senior Living in Prince William County!

  •  14080 Central Loop, Woodbridge, VA 22193
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  • All Inclusive All Inclusive
    Near Medical Facilities Near Medical Facilities
    Short Term Short Term
     Transportation Transportation
    Virtual/Video Tour Virtual/Video Tour
  • Grand Lifestyle, Elevated Dining, Personalized Choices
  • Life Enrichment Program With Over 21 Experiences to Choose From Everyday
  • Available Services: MD, Therapy, Support Groups, Dermatology, Auditory Clinics, Psychology, Podiatry, and Equipment Repairs
  • Modern Features, Home-Like Atmosphere, Exceeding Your Expectations
  • Only 30 Minutes From Washington DC

Aarondale

Welcome to Aarondale

  •  6929 Matthew Place, Springfield, VA 22151
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  • All Inclusive All Inclusive
    Arts and Crafts Studios Arts and Crafts Studios
    Housekeeping Housekeeping
    Memory and Dementia Care Memory and Dementia Care
    On-Call Physician On-Call Physician
    Restaurant Style Dining Restaurant Style Dining
     Transportation Transportation
    Various Levels of Care Various Levels of Care
    Virtual/Video Tour Virtual/Video Tour
  • All apartments feature wall-to-wall low-pile carpeting, closets, windows with custom window treatments, and individual climate control
  • All apartments are barrier free throughout, wheelchair accessible, and are equipped with an emergency call system linked to the Aarondale 24-hour Nursing team
  • Three meals served daily in our warmly decorated dining room
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens
  • Ambassador Program for all new residents

Sunrise on Connecticut Ave

Welcoming Brighter Days!

  •  5111 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

HeartFields Assisted Living at Easton

Assisted Living & Alzheimer's Care in Beautiful Easton Maryland

  •  700 Port Street, Easton, MD 21601
  • Choice of suite layouts
  • Warm and pleasant living areas
  • Complete dining program with snacks
  • Social, recreational, educational and spiritual activities
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry services

Sunrise at Mount Vernon

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  8033 Holland Road, Alexandria, VA 22306
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Brightview South River

Live Vibrant.

  •  8 Lee Airpark Drive, Edgewater, MD 21037
  • Brightview South River Assisted Living is an exceptionally good value for the depth and breadth of personalized holistic care and service residents receive,“ much more than could be accomplished in a non-group setting.
  • Wellspring Village can be a less expensive alternative to the cost of in-home care or skilled nursing.
  • Assisted living also includes the peace of mind of having a nurse available 24 hours a day.
  • Potential Tax Deductibility advantage. Please consult your tax advisor for eligibility for this deduction.

Charter Senior Living of Annapolis

Memory Care That Enhances the Human Spirit

  •  2717 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
  • 24-hour staff support
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services
  • Regular individualized health & personal care needs assessment
  • Stimulating daily multi-level / success-oriented activities
  • Three daily meals, plus snacks

The Fairfax at Belvoir Woods

Our Personalized Approach to Care Helps Us Meet Your Changing Needs.

  •  9140 Belvoir Woods Pkwy, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Brookdale Woodward Estates

Exceptional Senior Living

  •  14997 Health Center Drive, Bowie, MD 20716
  • 360-sq.-foot studios, 520-sq.-foot one bedrooms and 780-sq.-foot to 900-sq.-foot two bedrooms, two baths; some furnished
  • Kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave
  • Completely maintenance free, inside and out
  • Off-site excursions, including community outings to the theatre, shows and casinos
  • 3 meals a day, served restaurant-style

Sunrise of Alexandria

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  3520 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of Annapolis

From Our Home Cooked Meals to Our Community Cat & Dog, You'll Feel Right at Home.

  •  800 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of Springfield

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  6541 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Goodwin House Alexandria

Welcome Home & to Engaged Living

  •  4800 Fillmore Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
  • A roof terrace with spectacular view of the Washington, D.C. skyline
  • Choice of formal, casual and outdoor dining
  • A holistic wellness/fitness program, including a fitness center and swimming pool with Jacuzzi
  • Woodworking shop/Game room/Art center/Computer center with high-speed Internet access
  • Guest rooms for visitors

Charter Senior Living of Bowie

Feel the Difference of our Senior Living Community

  •  7600 Laurel Bowie Road, Bowie, MD 20715
  • Choice of apartment layouts
  • Restaurant-style dining with menu options
  • Social, recreational, spiritual and educational activities
  • Scheduled local transportation available
  • Full service beauty / barber shops

Annapolitan Assisted Living

Discover the Best Value in Annapolis!

  •  84 Old Mill Bottom Rd North, Annapolis, MD 21409

As Low As $99 Per Day!

  • Affordable, straight-forward rates starting at $99/day
  • Assisted living, memory care, and respite options with superior customer service
  • Locally owned and managed
  • A clean and comfortable environment you can proudly call home
  • Personal preferences are our priority: meals, care schedules, even paint colors!

Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads

Suburban Convenience Engaged Living

  •  3440 S Jefferson St, Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041
  • With 29 different floor plans, it's easy to select a size and design that matches your preferences
  • Penthouse party room with spectacular view of the Washington, DC, skyline
  • Private dining areas and special rooms for private parties, dinners and other resident functions
  • A holistic wellness/fitness program, including a health club and swimming pool with whirlpool spa and sauna
  • Library with reference center, considerable large-print book selection, current titles, current periodicals and by Goodwin House resident authors

Peregrine Senior Living at Salisbury

Interested in Assisted Living Communities in Salisbury, MD?

  •  1110 Healthway Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804
  • 24-hour availability of a trained staff
  • A choice of apartments
  • A full-time director for events and activities
  • Anytime Cafe with complimentary snacks and beverages
  • Delicious meals served restaurant-style each day

The Jefferson

MONOGRAM COLLECTION BY SUNRISE

  •  900 North Taylor Street, Arlington, VA 22203
  • An urban, luxury high-rise located in Arlington, VA—recently ranked "Best City to Live in America" by Niche.com
  • Offering independent living, as well as access to a full continuum of care, including assisted living, memory care, short-term stays, and rehab and recovery
  • Condominiums available for purchase with no buy-in fee beyond the price of the unit, as well as access to community meals, activities, housekeeping and transportation
  • Beautiful indoor pool, spa and fitness room on site
  • Vibrant activities program that changes daily, as well as an in-house chef who prepares fresh, seasonal meals each day

Sunrise at Bluemont Park

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  5910 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22205
  • Conveniently located on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia
  • Offering assisted living, a specialized memory care Reminiscence Neighborhood, coordination of hospice care, and short-term respite care
  • In close proximity to Virginia Hospital
  • Assorted floor layouts available
  • Near the Seven Corners Shopping Center

Sunrise of Arlington VA

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  2000 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of Severna Park

Our Personalized Approach to Care Helps Us Meet Your Changing Needs.

  •  43 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park, MD 21146
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of Falls Church

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  330 North Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Paramount Senior Living at Fredericksburg

  •  3500 Meekins Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
  • Private or companion suites complete with full bath and a choice of floor plans.
  • Café designed for mid-day snacks and coffee breaks.
  • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy as needed
  • Durable Medical Equipment such as: hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, etc.
  • Beautifully manicured landscaping and gardens. Outdoor areas to walk and relax. Comfortable quality furnishings and artwork. Fire safety system. Full-service beauty barbershop.

Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights

Assisted Living and Memory Care in Chevy Chase Maryland

  •  5555 Friendship Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of Fairfax

High-Quality Senior Living in Fairfax, VA

  •  9207 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Now offering all-day dining, which allows our residents to enjoy food they love throughout the day, prepared by our team of culinary experts in accordance with each resident’s tastes and dietary needs.
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of Silver Spring

From Our Home Cooked Meals to Our Community Cat & Dog, You'll Feel Right at Home.

  •  11621 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of McLean

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  8315 Turning Leaf Lane, McLean, VA 22102
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Daily physical fitness, creative, social, learning and spiritual activities, scheduled group trips and resident-sponsored clubs for a variety of interests
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

Sunrise of Hunter Mill

Welcoming Brighter Days

  •  2863 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124
  • Located in the heart of Oakton, Virginia, with easy access to I-66
  • Convenient to Oakton Library, shops and restaurants, and minutes from the cities of Vienna and Fairfax
  • Amenities include housekeeping and laundry services, three home-cooked meals each day, activity programs seven days a week and an on-site beauty salon
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapy

Sunrise at Fox Hill

The Life You Want. The Care You Need. The Joy of Every Day.

  •  8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Gracious accommodations with a variety of floor plans
  • Up to three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily featuring a variety of menu choices with snacks available throughout the day
  • Trained staff available 24 hours a day
  • Monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal

What is Dementia, Alzheimer’s, & Memory Care?

Memory Care is a long-term residential care option in senior housing that provides specialized, around-the-clock care to older adults living with all types of dementia.  Memory Care, also referred to as Alzheimer’s Care or Dementia Care, may become necessary once cognitive disorders reach a stage that makes living at home or receiving care at home too difficult. It’s common to find a Memory Care unit within an Assisted Living community, often in a specialized building or neighborhood.  Memory Care housing may also be found in a Continuing Care Retirement Community, a Skilled Nursing Facility, Nursing Home or as a standalone entity or community.

Dementia vs Alzheimer’s

Dementia is a broad term applied to a group of symptoms related to a decline in mental function that is severe enough to interfere with daily living.  Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injuries are all linked to dementia.  Alzheimer’s is a specific brain disorder, and the most common form of dementia, that destroys memory and cognitive skills over time.  Both dementia and Alzheimer’s may result in memory loss, mood swings, speech impairment, confusion/hallucinations and incontinence.

When Might Memory Care be Necessary?

It may be time to look into a memory care community if you’re concerned for your loved one’s health and safety due to one or more of the following issues:

  • Wandering from home or getting lost on familiar routes
  • Forgetting to turn off stoves or other appliances
  • Changes in personality, such as aggression or hostility
  • Misplacing items and forgetting important dates and names
  • Incoherent thoughts and speech
  • Impaired judgment
  • Physical changes, including weight loss, poor hygiene and falls or unexplained bruises
  • Unpaid bills, insufficient or spoiled food in the home, pets and/or housekeeping are neglected
  • Changes in health and behavior that are beyond your family’s ability to manage

What is the Difference between Memory Care and Assisted Living?

Memory Care and Assisted Living communities both providing housing, meals, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, toileting and walking.  However, Memory Care communities offer additional features that are specifically designed to help residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, in the following areas:

  • Safety: Memory Care communities typically have locked entrances and exits with keypad codes, door alarms and enclosed outdoor spaces. Staff will also escort residents to and from meals and activities.
  • Layout: Soothing spaces, color-coded walls and common rooms clearly marked with pictures to help reduce confusion.
  • Activities: While both Assisted Living and Memory Care communities both offer activities that encourage socialization, Memory Care communities often include therapies and exercises that help maintain cognitive skills and increase relaxation, such as occupational, art or music therapies. They also have predictable schedules and follow set routines.
  • Staff and Training: The staff in a Memory Care community are trained to manage wandering, and to redirect behaviors common to dementia, such as agitation, confusion, aggression and anxiety. There is 24/7 care, a higher staff-resident ratio and personalized care plans.

A Memory Care community can offer your loved one more independence, engagement, safety and specialized support, along with peace of mind for you.   Begin your search for a Memory Care community using our US map above. Our search results include facility pictures, descriptions, floor plans and pricing where available.

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