Memory care units are long-term skilled nursing facilities designed for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory impairments. Memory care units can be a separate section of an assisted living facility or nursing home, or they can be an independent community. Staff members are trained to assist patients who suffer from dementia or impaired cognition.
The primary goal of a memory care unit is resident safety. These units offer round-the-clock supervision for residents, with medical monitoring for patients. Memory care units typically are locked to prevent residents from wandering and should feature a layout designed with its residents in mind. Well-designed memory care units are easy for dementia patients to navigate, with simple layouts and color-coded cues.
Memory care units typically offer social activities and leisure programs for residents, as well as therapeutic programs designed to address memory impairment and behaviors common to patients with dementia, such as wandering.
Because of the specialized care offered, memory care units can be more expensive than an assisted living facility.