Memory Care is a form of long-term skilled nursing that provides care to people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. It provides the same services as Assisted Living such as meals, laundry, hygiene, help with activities of daily living, medication management, social activities, and transportation, but with 24-hour monitoring, access to medical care, and strict guidelines to ensure physical security.
Memory Care facilities are licensed by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD). They represent a growing need across the country. Today, there 5.7 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s and 16.1 million unpaid caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
ACC Maple Tree Village will have 30 studio units for Memory Care when construction is completed in late 2019. The will be first such Memory Care center at ACC.
The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Dementia is a general term that describes a person’s decline in memory, cognitive skills, and ability to perform activities of daily living. There are many causes of dementia. The most prevalent being Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease which accounts for 60 to 80 of all dementia cases. Vascular dementia due to stroke is the second most type of dementia. The effects of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia can be slowed down, but these conditions are not reversible. Some types of dementia caused by trauma, drugs, alcohol, depression, and vitamin imbalances are reversible.