Alzheimers and Sleep - Memory Care ~ Pt 3

I will admit that when I heard of Memory Care of Alzheimer’s my first thought was taking care of your memory prior to the onset of Alzheimer’s. Now it’s true that one needs to keep an active mind while progressing through their senior years. However, I feel the most important issue to address here is the time when an Alzheimer’s patient has progressed to the point where they are in need of added assistance. By definition, “Memory care is a distinct form of long-term care designed to meet the specific needs of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other types of memory problems.”




THERE ARE MANY TREATMENTS OFFERED IN ALZHEIMER’S MEMORY CARE UNITS

“Memory care units offer the same services as assisted living facilities with increased supervision, plus activities intended to stimulate memory, and possibly slow the disease’s progression. Activities may involve music, arts and crafts, games, etc.

Memory Care provisions can involve “creating a structured environment that has set schedules and routines in place to create a stress-free lifestyle, safety features to ensure the health of a senior, and programs designed to cultivate cognitive skills.” 

Understandably, “a caretaker may not be able to give a senior the care they need at all hours of the day, and most homes are not built to accommodate the special needs of those with memory loss.”


A warning from the World Alzheimer’s Report and the RAND Corporation states that by the year 2040, the demand for quality memory care is expected to double.

Regular assisted living facilities cost a little over $3,000 per month. Currently, and on an average, a private room in a memory care facility in the United States costs approximately $5,745 per month. This is due to the added care needed when a patient reaches this stage in their disease.


Note: Medicare will cover some of the needs of dementia patients, but not all.

“Medicare covers inpatient hospital care and some of the doctors' fees and other medical items for people with Alzheimer's or dementia who are age 65 or older. Medicare Part D also covers many prescription drugs.”

“Medicare will pay for hospice care delivered in the home, a nursing facility or an inpatient hospice facility for people with dementia who are determined by a doctor to be near the end of life.”


When a caretaker is searching for a place for their patient, due diligence is in order so that you find the proper fit for your loved one. With the continuing progression of technology, it is no wonder that some facilities for dementia are now installing a monitoring system that will ensure your patient will have 24/7 There is of course an answer for the individual caretaker as well. There are now sensors available for use in monitoring a patient’s activities; otherwise referred to as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).


As a place to start your personal investigation of these things, see Care Innovations (by the makers of Quietcare). At https://www.careinnovations.com/quietcare/


IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that one of the goals of memory care is to slow the progression of the disease.


This has been the third in a three part series.

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