When Specialized Care Is Needed The Benefits of Memory Care Facilities
Many Americans may require long-term, specialized care at some point during their lives. A recent survey found that this will apply to nearly 70% of adults once they become 65 or older. It’s not surprising that 55% of the adults that participated in this survey expressed their fears about needing long-term care and being a burden to their family.
This may particularly be the case with adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Currently, there are more than 15 million unpaid caregivers assisting family and friends with these challenging conditions.
While most of the adults that currently have Alzheimer’s are over 65, there are around 200,000 adults under 65 that are experiencing an early onset of this disease. The most common dementia diagnosis is Alzheimer’s, and it accounts for approximately 80% of dementia diagnoses. Currently, it is believed that over five million people within this country are living with this disease.
When adults are experiencing various degrees of memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, they could benefit from receiving assistance with daily living activities, including memory care. Approximately 40% of the residents within assisted-living communities, for example, receive help with three or more activities. While it does depend on the needs of each individual, this may include receiving assistance with bathing and dressing as well as housekeeping and other types of chores. Residents may also require assistance with medical monitoring and medication schedules.
Memory care facilities with special care units are also an option for individuals that require more attention and supervision. Most of these units provide 24-hour supervised care. These specialized units tend to provide more assistance with daily living tasks and medical monitoring. It’s important to note that the memory care facilities located in 23 of the states are more regulated due to having more stringent special care unit disclosure laws.
Since most adults want to continue living independently for as long as possible, assisted living facilities are a welcome option. Assisted living communities also provide residents with opportunities to engage socially and develop new interests. These and other types of opportunities that are available can make a positive impact on their daily lives.