Nursing Home vs. Memory Care

Nursing Home vs. Memory Care

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Have you started to notice memory problems with a loved one in your life that make you question whether it is safe for them to continue living alone? Are you worried a loved one with dementia might wander off and injure themselves if they aren’t properly supervised? At Krause Estate Planning & Elder Law Center, our compassionate legal professionals understand that this is a confusing time for both of you, which is why we are here to listen to all of your concerns and provide the reliable insight and counsel that you need to decide which type of long-term care is best for your loved one’s unique needs.

What Is the Difference Between Memory Care and a Nursing Home?

Memory care is a kind of specialized long-term care program for people with cognitive decline. With memory care, residents live in a secure community that is specifically designed to reduce wandering and confusion. Memory care communities offer private apartments and secure indoor and outdoor areas, as well as housekeeping, laundry, and social and recreational activities so that residents can still feel independent.

Residents in memory care communities also benefit from onsite licensed memory care staff who design customized care plans, therapies, and treatments based on a person's particular needs and preferences. Licensed memory care staff at these communities are available 24/7 to assist residents and are highly trained to compassionately redirect behaviors common with memory loss.

Nursing homes provide around-the-clock, high-level care services for short-term or long-term medical needs. Services offered at nursing homes are performed by licensed health professionals such as registered nurses and physical, speech, or occupational therapists. Nursing home care services can include help with daily living activities, memory care and, rehabilitation services.

Although both memory care communities and nursing homes offer high-quality services, they might not be the best place for a loved one with dementia or other memory loss conditions. Nursing homes can be large and impersonal spaces with confusing layouts, making it easy for residents with memory loss to wander off and get lost. Staff at nursing homes also aren’t trained to deal with memory loss patients and don’t always offer activities and programs that are tailored to dementia-specific concerns.

Our Edler Law Team Can Answer Your Questions About Nursing Home and Memory Care

Krause Estate Planning & Elder Law Center is familiar with the various issue that elders encounter after retirement, including nursing care, memory care, guardianships, Medicare/Medicaid, healthcare documents, and more. Our dedicated team of award-winning lawyers proudly assists seniors throughout Madison with their legal needs, and we will gladly take the time to discuss your situation and help you prepare for old age and life after retirement.

To speak to our friendly legal team, please call (608) 344-5491 or contact us online to set up a consultation today. 

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