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The Difference Between Memory Care and Assisted Living

With all of the different types of care facilities out there, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the options. You may wonder, what is the difference between memory care and assisted living, and which one is right for my loved one? We’ve put together a little basic information to help you understand these two care options so you can make the right choice for your loved one and your family.


What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a secure, licensed live-in facility for seniors who are somewhat independent but would benefit from assistance. These communities offer independent living with individual rooms and a chance to spend time with friends and family. Still, they also have a full-service dining room, organized events, and regular staff check-ins. Plus, residents have help with medications, laundry, and other concerns. Assisted living activities and events are designed with the wants, needs, and capabilities of the residents. Assisted living employees have ongoing training and can administer medication and coordinate with other healthcare providers and family members.


What is Memory Care?

Memory care is very similar to assisted living in many cases. Memory care is a highly-secure, licensed, and well-staffed community. The difference is that memory care is designed specifically for seniors who have Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other types of memory impairment. These facilities may have security features such as alarmed doors, and the activities are designed to help reduce the stress involved with memory loss. The goal is to ensure residents’ comfort and safety while still promoting independence when possible.


If you would like more information about assisted living, memory care, and other senior care options in and around San Antonio, Texas, reach out to us at Serenity Oaks today. We would love to arrange a tour of our facilities and show you why our facility is a unique choice in assisted living, memory care, and more.