Memory Care vs Personal Care

Memory Care vs Personal Care

November 18, 2020 | Health

Memory Care facilities and Personal Care facilities are becoming increasingly important senior care options for older adults that require long term care.

As comforting as it may seem to age in your own home, it simply may not be possible for safety reasons. It’s tough to imagine a parent or loved one, living with some form of disability or chronic illness, accomplishing such a feat without any setbacks.

As a result, specialized senior care communities like Memory Care and Personal Care units have been growing quickly in popularity. However, do you know the difference between the two types of communities. Continue reading below to learn more.

Personal Care
When you hear the term “personal care,” you might think of an assisted living facility. And the two are very similar. However, Personal Care units have even more comforting amenities to provide you that peace of mind that your loved one is safe and well taken care of. For most Personal Care units, you can expect to have all utilities included. One monthly bill is much easier to deal with than a flurry of charges every month. It’s another reason why living at home can be so difficult. Not to mention, in some Personal Care units, you can also expect licensed nurses on-duty 24 hours a day. Again, this helps grant you peace of mind knowing that your loved one can receive immediate medical attention if an emergency were to occur.

It should also be expected for Personal Care units to have a full list of activities and programs with outings and various forms of entertainment. This helps your loved one enjoy all the fun things the local area and the community itself has to offer, without having to worry about the burdens of everyday life. This is due to the fact that Personal Care units also provide daily housekeeping, laundry, and healthy meals for its residences. On top of that, you may also find that they provide physician visits, occupational and speech therapy services, optometry services, audiologist and podiatry services, and mobile dental units. These types of communities truly provide everything your loved one needs to remain safe and healthy, as well as entertained and enjoying life again!

Memory Care
Memory Care units are highly specialized facilities designed and staffed to care for individuals suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Most communities like to have large, open, and clutter-free environments. This helps dementia patients and their moods, as open environments tend to make us more peaceful. At The Pathways at Warrington, we have designed each residence to feature a large window. This helps with light control, so your loved one can receive that wonderful morning sunlight exposure, which in turn promotes healthy sleep patterns.

The biggest difference between these communities lies in the level of care your loved one will receive. Both do include medical professionals on duty. However, at Memory Care units, the people on staff are usually Certified Dementia Care Practitioners. This is a great help, as the needs with those who have memory impairment issues can be much different than those who need personal assistance getting out of bed in the morning or trying to take a shower in the evening. Again, this is all to help you with your peace of mind, moving a loved one out of their home that they’ve probably lived in for the majority of their life.

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It’s a difficult decision to make, but if you compare the pros and the cons with each style of living, you’ll find that the level of care and compassion your loved one will receive at one of these communities is second to none. So, if your loved one is experiencing difficulties from memory related issues due to dementia or is struggling with the burdens of everyday life, we encourage you to explore The Pathways at Warrington. All residences are designed for the utmost levels of resident dignity, privacy, and respect. But don’t take our word for it. Find out for yourself by taking a free tour!

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