The Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care

Symphony of Wimberley offers assisted living and memory care, but which one does your loved one need? Both memory care and assisted living can offer your loved ones the support they need during their stage of life. Depending on your situation, there might be one that benefits the most. There are plenty of benefits for memory care and assisted living, allowing your loved ones the independence they need while keeping them safe.

Assisted Living Programs
There are many different kinds of programs for elderly care, including assisted living, nursing home, senior living, and memory care. Assisted living tends to be apartment-style housing with an element of independent living. Things offered and included in an assisted living program vary from program to program, but typically, they focus on safety, support, independence, and convenience.

Benefits of Assisted Living
Assisted living is recommended for an elderly loved one who shouldn’t live alone due to past accidents, limited mobility, or isolation from people and services. There are plenty of benefits that assisted living has to offer. A significant perk of assisted living is personal support from staff with daily living activities such as cleaning, meal preparation, and taking prescription medication. Assisted living also provides access to a community, allowing social interaction that might not otherwise happen if a person lives alone.

In Our Program
At Symphony of Wimberley, our assisted living program offers our residents apartment-style housing complete with a full kitchenette, a walk-in closet, and a private bath. Our program also includes three nutritious chef-prepared meals and group outings with the Symphony of Wimberley community. Symphony of Wimberley also provides a salon that offers shampooing, haircuts, manicures, and pedicures.

Memory Care Program
If your loved one is experiencing memory issues either from older age or early-onset dementia, they will benefit from entering a memory care program. Memory care considers the needs of a person with dementia or other conditions that affect memory. This type of care becomes a fantastic alternative for families who cannot take on the full-time job of caring for their loved one experiencing memory loss.

Benefits of Memory Care
This type of care increases the level of care and attention, emphasizing security and memory-focused assistance. While assisted living offers more independence, memory care maintains that independence while keeping your loved one safe. That can include secured entrances and exits, in-person monitoring, and in-room monitoring technology.

There is also a focus on physical and cognitive activity that can slow the progression of dementia by keeping your loved one engaged. Activities might include crafts, exercise, games, and cooking activities. These activities can decrease the need for medication and reduce agitation.

At Symphony of Wimberley
Our memory care program focuses on the balance of comfort and security essential in an effective memory care program. The memory care community is located right around the central living and dining area, making it easy to navigate for your loved one. There are plenty of opportunities for your loved one to safely enjoy time outdoors in our secured and fenced backyard and garden.

Deciding Which Form of Care Is Needed
Suppose your loved one is experiencing difficulties with household chores, maintaining personal hygiene, making nutritious meals, or has had a severe accident. In that case, they will benefit from entering an assisted living program. Assisted living is also recommended if your loved one struggles to receive medical care because of physical mobility or being unable to drive. Assisted living programs, such as ours, include access to mobile dentists and provide assisted transportation for medical needs.

Memory care is highly recommended if your loved one has been diagnosed with a memory-affecting illness such as dementia. Memory care often proves to be a perfect and effective option for those who cannot take on the role of caretaker for their loved ones. Some people might either have too much on their plate or are not qualified or comfortable to do what is medically required to take care of their loved ones to the necessary degree.

What Both Ultimately Have to Offer
Each program offers plenty of benefits independently, but there is an adequate overlap of services provided in a facility that provides both. Your loved one will benefit from a level of professional care and one-on-one assistance that might be difficult to do independently or through another program. They both emphasize family involvement so that your loved ones can stay connected without the need to overwhelm with an overabundance of scheduled personal visits. Whichever you choose ultimately depends on the needs of your loved one, and your choices should reflect that.

Located in beautiful Texas, Symphony of Wimberley offers our residents both memory care and assisted living. Both are excellent options that can fit what your loved one needs explicitly. There are countless benefits to each program. If your loved one is at the life stage where they could benefit from independent assisted living, then Symphony of Wimberley might be perfect for you and your loved one. Memory care is a perfect option for those in the early and middle stages of dementia because it allows them to enjoy life and be cared for by professionals. If you are interested in learning more about the programs we offer at Symphony of Wimberley, please call us today at (512) 243-5852. We are looking forward to talking to you about what we have to provide to give your loved one a comfortable life.

To learn more about our assisted care facility, call Symphony of Wimberley at (512) 243-5852.