Memory Care and Assisted Living both provide care and services for those with physical and/or cognitive challenges. Among other things, both typically provide housekeeping, laundry, meals, dressing/bathing assistance, and medication management.
The main difference between Memory Care and Assisted Living is in the training of the staff, activity programming, and the design of the environment. Memory Care staff have more training in the management of various types of dementia, and in how to address challenging behaviors related to these conditions. Activity programming and environments are also specially designed for those dealing with memory issues and confusion.
Another big difference between Assisted Living and Memory Care is the “secured” setting. Assisted Living residents are free to leave a community unattended if they’re physically able, while memory care residents cannot. Memory Care residents are monitored more closely, since it’s often not safe for them to be alone.