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Dementia Care In Denver vs. In-home Memory Care

It is normal for older adults to want to continue living at home. That is not always possible when a person has Alzheimer’s or dementia. ​​At a certain point, it becomes clear that in-home memory care is no longer feasible.

Many seniors and their families turn to communities like Belleview Suites at DTC for dementia care in Denver. But what are the differences between memory care in a senior living community and in-home memory care? Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of these types of senior care services.

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An Aging Population Living Alone

The New York Times recently reported that nearly 26 million Americans over 50 live alone. That figure is up by over 10 million since the year 2000.

As the population grows, so does the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Nearly 11 percent of Colorado residents over 45 live with memory loss from some form of cognitive decline.

Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive. People living with these forms of memory loss will not be able to live independently over time. Hiring in-home help may be one of the first instincts for many who live alone.

An assisted living and memory care community may be a better solution for those who do not have nearby family members.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s and dementia are often used interchangeably, but they’re not quite the same.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological condition in which cells in the brain become impaired over time. These brain changes lead to a decline in mental abilities such as memory, thinking, reasoning, and language skills.

Dementia is an umbrella term for multiple conditions that share some of the same symptoms seen with Alzheimer’s. Both involve problems with memory, communication, concentration, and problem-solving. Different types of dementia include:

  • Vascular dementia
  • Lewy-body dementia
  • Mixed dementia
  • Frontotemporal dementia

Both Alzheimer’s and dementia are considered age-related diseases that currently have no known cure. However, early detection can help stave off further decline by managing symptoms as soon as possible.

Socialization and Exercise: In-Home Care vs. Memory Care Facilities in Denver

Socialization and exercise are key differences between a memory care community and in-home memory care.

Residents can socialize with their peers daily in a memory care community. This feature can benefit people with dementia as it can help them maintain their mental and emotional well-being.

Many senior living communities offer exercise classes specifically designed for people with dementia. These classes can help improve balance, coordination, and flexibility and provide an opportunity for socialization.

In-home memory care typically does not provide as many opportunities for socialization and exercise. Different types of in-home caregivers do different things. Some provide skilled nursing care, while others provide homemaker services. These caretakers may not provide the mental stimulation people with dementia require.

Some in-home caregivers may be able to take their clients out for social activities or exercises. However, depending on the client’s health and mobility, it’s not always possible.

The Cost of Home Care Services and Memory Care in Denver

Senior living communities that offer memory care typically charge monthly fees that cover the cost of:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Utilities
  • Housekeeping, laundry, and transportation
  • Activities
  • 24/7 support from specialized team members
  • Health care and personal care

The monthly fee for the memory care community can vary depending on the location and amenities offered. It is usually more cost-effective than hiring a full-time in-home caregiver. The average cost of memory care in Denver is $6,875.

In-home caregivers typically charge hourly rates. The average cost of 44 hours of home care per week in Denver is about $6,800 per month.

Memory care is a form of long-term care for persons with dementia. People with Alzheimer’s will eventually require 24-hour care.

When considering the cost of memory care, factor in the hourly rate of a home caregiver and any additional charges:

  • Medical supplies or equipment rentals
  • Home mortgage or rent
  • Home modifications or repairs
  • Property taxes
  • Food
  • Utility bills

The Connections Program for a Higher Quality of Life

We offer a unique take on memory care with our signature Connections program at Belleview Suites at DTC. Our goal is to provide residents with the support they need to live their best life while also maintaining their independence.

Dr. Sandra Petersen created the Connections program from data-based therapies and experience. Over ten years ago, she suffered memory and mobility loss following a stroke. She overcame the effects through neuroplasticity treatments. These same principles guide our dementia care program in Denver.

Connections provides support to those with memory loss by:

  • Engaging emotions through art, music, and other creative activities.
  • Encouraging movement through dementia-friendly exercise.
  • Challenging the brain with interactive puzzles, word games, and regular engagement.
  • Supporting socialization and fostering new relationships through daily bonding activities.

Support in our memory care community is available for families who need care for their loved ones or persons living alone.

 

Connect With Dementia Care In Denver, Colorado

The Connections program can improve the quality of life of an older adult. Take a tour with a senior living specialist to discover more about dementia care in Denver. Contact us to get started.

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