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Memory Care FAQ

What is memory care?

Memory Care is a specialized form of senior living designed for individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia, or memory-related disorders. These communities offer tailored support, safe environments, and trained staff to assist with the unique needs of residents. The goal is to enhance their quality of life through structured routines, engaging activities, and specialized care, providing families peace of mind knowing their loved ones are well taken care of.

What are the benefits of memory care?

Memory Care offers several benefits for individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia, or memory-related disorders, as well as for their families.

Here are some key advantages:

  • Specialized Care - customized care plans

  • Safe Environment - secure and easy to navigate surroundings

  • Engaging Activities - stimulating cognitive activities, memory building and recall

  • Routine and Structure - predictable schedules to reduce confusion

  • Social Interaction - many opportunities to socialize with new and old friends

  • Nutritional Support - well balanced meals to suit each residents needs

  • Medication Management - assistance with administering

  • Relief for Families - peace of mind for caregivers

When should you consider memory care? When is memory care needed?

Knowing when it is time to consider Memory Care as an option depends on several factors.

If your loved one's memory-related disorder leads to significant safety risks, difficulties in daily functioning, or heightened caregiver stress, Memory Care could provide the necessary support.

Additionally, if isolation increases, cognitive decline worsens, or their overall quality of life deteriorates, transitioning to Memory Care might enhance their well-being. It's essential to involve medical professionals and family members in this decision-making process to ensure the best care for your loved one's specific needs.

Is memory care considered skilled nursing?

Memory Care and skilled nursing are distinct types of care, but there are differences between them. Memory Care is a specialized form of senior living that focuses on providing support and a safe environment for individuals with memory-related disorders such as Alzheimer's and dementia. Memory Care communities have staff trained to manage the unique challenges associated with these conditions, and they offer structured activities and care plans tailored to residents' cognitive needs. The emphasis is on promoting residents' quality of life while addressing their memory impairments.

On the other hand, skilled nursing refers to a higher level of medical care provided by licensed nurses and medical professionals. Skilled nursing facilities, often referred to as nursing homes, are equipped to offer medical treatments, rehabilitation, and round-the-clock care for individuals recovering from surgeries, injuries, or acute medical conditions. These facilities provide more intensive medical services compared to Memory Care communities.

Are memory care facilities in Ontario locked?

Many memory care facilities in Ontario and around the world have secured and locked environments. These locked settings are designed to ensure the safety and well-being of residents with memory-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's or dementia, who may be prone to wandering or becoming disoriented. The locked areas, often referred to as "secured units" or "memory care units," are designed with specialized security measures to prevent residents from wandering outside the facility and potentially getting lost or harmed.

These security features can include coded entry systems, alarms on doors and windows, and secure outdoor spaces where residents can safely enjoy fresh air and sunshine. T

Do memory care facilities in Ontario allow pets?

The pet policies of memory care facilities in Ontario can vary. Some Memory Care communities do allow residents to have pets, recognizing the positive impact that animal companionship can have on residents' well-being. However, these policies can differ based on factors such as the facility's size, location, regulations, and the type of pet.

Our Metta Lifestyles communities are pet friendly - please speak to our Customer Relationship Specialists to discuss any specifics or possible restrictions.

Can memory care expenses be deducted from taxes?

In Ontario, certain medical expenses can be claimed as deductions on your income tax return. However, the deductibility of memory care expenses depends on various factors, including the nature of the expenses, the individual's medical condition, and the specific rules and regulations set by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

It's important to consult the latest tax guidelines provided by the CRA or seek advice from a tax professional to determine which specific memory care expenses can be claimed as deductions on your taxes. Tax regulations can change, and a tax professional can provide accurate and up-to-date information tailored to your individual situation.

How much does memory care cost in Ontario?

The cost of memory care in Ontario can vary widely depending on several factors, including the location of the facility, the level of care provided, the amenities offered, and the specific needs of the individual. Memory care costs typically cover services such as accommodation, meals, assistance with activities of daily living, social activities, and specialized memory care support.

When considering memory care options, it's recommended to contact the facilities directly to inquire about their current pricing and the services included in their packages.

What are some things to avoid doing with your loved one with dementia?

When interacting with someone with dementia it is essential to be as patient as possible with them. Rushing the individual or showing your frustration may add additional fear and anxiety to an already debilitating condition. 

Keeping your communication light, simple, and empathetic can go a long way to minimizing confusion and showing the person you care about them and have their best interests in mind.

Avoid leaving them in unattended environments. Individuals with dementia should be monitored as they may wander off and get lost or even injured. 

Providing a routine can help give the structure and rigidity that can be incredibly important to those with dementia and you should avoid changing established routines and patterns if possible to help the patient retain a sense of comfort.

Although a challenge, using the above tips can help make someone with dementia feel more at ease, avoiding unnecessary anxiety.

What is the difference between memory care and dementia care?

Memory care is a specialized type of care designed specifically for individuals with memory issues, typically related to Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. 

Memory care facilities offer a secure environment with trained staff who understand the unique needs and challenges those with memory impairments face. The focus is on providing personalized care, assistance with daily tasks, and specialized programs to support cognitive function and quality of life.

Dementia care encompasses a broader spectrum of care services aimed at supporting individuals with various types and stages of dementia. While memory care is a subset of dementia care, dementia care can include various settings such as home care, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. 

When should someone with dementia go into a care home?

It can be hard to know when someone with dementia should move into a care home. It generally depends on various factors, including the individual's safety, well-being, and the ability of family members or caregivers to provide adequate support.

You should consider moving a loved one with dementia to a care home when their care needs exceed what can be provided at home. If the primary caregiver feels exhausted, burnt out, or ill-equipped to handle the challenges associated with dementia, it may be time to explore care home options.

Social isolation and lack of day-to-day interaction with people may be another challenge dementia patients face, which can be addressed in a care home environment.

It’s important to ensure that the moving process is carried out with empathy and to involve the individual with dementia as much as possible in these decisions. At the end of the day, they will have to feel comfortable adjusting to a new environment and routine and have to be open to a degree of change.

Consulting with a healthcare professional and understanding all the options available is the key to making the most informed decision.


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