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Memory Care in Kansas City

Memory care is a special type of care for those with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease or one of the many forms of dementia. In fact, it may commonly be called Alzheimer's care or dementia care. The different names refer to the same type of care offered at these facilities.

Cognitive impairment can affect everyone differently, and for this reason, it’s crucial to find a senior care community that’s suitable for their needs. Offered at both the assisted living and long-term care levels, dementia care is intentionally designed to provide a calm atmosphere and manageable space to promote engagement and minimize agitation.

In a dementia care setting, operations run differently. Codes are placed on each door to manage residents who like to wander and are exit-seeking due to their cognitive issues. Additionally, you can expect recreational interactions to involve routine building exercises and meaningful activities to spark memories and engage the mind. The staff also receives special training in providing Alzheimer's care.

Choose a Community with Memory Care in Mind

Many senior care communities provide a memory care area, but some are 100% memory care based. This is crucial to note when touring communities and determining the atmosphere you want your loved one to be a part of. Staff is specifically trained in dementia care, providing specialized services that pertain specifically to the needs of people progressing through the different stages of dementia. 

For most Kansas City area senior communities, you can expect to pay an additional $500 to $1,000 monthly, on top of your standard monthly fees, for memory care services. To learn about pricing for memory care exclusive communities, contact Senior Care Consulting today.

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Differences Between Memory Care & Assisted Living Communities

While there are assisted living communities with memory care available, the two senior living options should not be viewed as alternatives to one another. People with dementia in Kansas City should be placed in a memory care facility by a family member, not an assisted living facility. The differences all come down to the type of care offered in the two communities.

Dementia care communities in Kansas City offer care that is tailored to a person's cognitive impairments. The events, activities, and staff specialize in memory care services. As for assisted living communities, they do offer help in areas such as bathing and dressing but may not have all the tools to treat people with dementia.

Independent living is also not a viable option for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. Independent living communities are senior living apartments meant for active seniors who can still function well enough cognitively to handle all their daily tasks without help.

  • What’s the Difference Between Memory Care & Assisted Living in Kansas City?
    Assisted Living is a “level of care” providing residents assistance with their activities of daily living. Memory Care is a “type of care” that can be found at various levels of care, including the Assisted Living level. The staff in Memory Care has special training to better care for residents with dementia, Alzheimer's, or another form of memory loss or cognitive impairment. A memory care community, or an Assisted Living community that has a designated Memory Care neighborhood, is likely the better option if your loved one has cognitive impairment. An assisted living community offering general care and NOT memory care is better for those who still wish to live independently but need help with daily living tasks.
  • What are the Benefits of Assisted Living?
    Your loved one can expect to receive a similar amount of care at an assisted living community as they were in their home from a caregiver, but with added benefits. These benefits include: Enhanced social life Reliable transportation Additional recreational activities Assistance with housekeeping and laundry Distribution of medication 24-hour care Doctors making house calls For a more in-depth overview of how an assisted living community can benefit your loved one, contact Senior Care Consulting at (913) 945-2800 today.
  • How Long is a Typical Assisted Living Commitment?
    Assisted living communities usually don’t require any form of commitment and operate on a month-to-month basis. Depending on the assisted living community, the terms and conditions should be expressed during your visit. Senior Care Consulting will help to answer any questions you may have before you make your final decision.
  • Why Go with Senior Care Consulting Over a Free Assisted Living Referral Service?
    Our job is to work directly for you, while free referral services earn commissions from some assisted living facilities in Kansas City. Therefore, because of our transparent business model, we believe we have you and your family's best interests at heart and commit ourselves to helping you make an informed decision and move forward with confidence. There is no conflict of interest with Senior Care Consulting.

A Senior Advisor You Can Trust

When searching for a senior living apartment that fits your loved one's personality and needs, Senior Care Consulting can help. We're well-versed in the different senior living communities around Kansas City, MO. We treat your family like our own and your loved one like our loved one. Therefore, we understand how important selecting the right senior living community is.

Contact us today for guidance on this sensitive topic. 

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