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Memory Care vs a Nursing Home: What’s the Difference?

Updated: May 21

If your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s needs care outside their home, you may wonder about the different options out there. You know that nursing homes are an option for people who can no longer care for themselves, but there are other options available that may be better suited for your loved one’s specific needs. Memory care is specifically designed for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and it might be the right thing for your loved one. Here’s what memory care is and what if offers.




Memory care does share some commonalities with nursing home care, but it is much more specified treatment. Both offer 24-hour supervision and care and provide things like meals and assistance with daily activities. Both are designed for those who cannot care for themselves and have trained medical personnel on site. Memory care, however, is for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s and the people who staff a memory care center have special training in caring for those with memory problems.


What does this specialized training involve? For one, it means that the facility is physically laid out with those with dementia or Alzheimer’s in mind. Hydration stations are set up in many locations to remind them to drink (something many with memory problems have trouble with). Residents are allowed supervised access to different areas of the facility, satisfying the urge to wander many have, and some facilities offer circular hallways so they cannot get lost. Doors leading to the outside are locked/and or alarmed in case a resident tries to wander out of the building. At Crimson Village, to make the transition easier, we’re also proud to provide engagement centers that let residents do things like fold laundry and work on craft projects.


Unlike nursing homes, a specialized memory care program such as the one Crimson Village offers is designed to provide as enriching an experience as possible. From playing music that residents might remember from their childhood to arranging walks and visits with other residents, much of the day-to-day activity will be intended to help slow memory loss. Live music and games are set up to help stimulate residents. Overall, it’s a much more hand-tailored approach to allowing the resident’s golden years to maintain some of their luster.


Long-term care insurance and some private health plans can be used to pay for memory care. Government plans like Medicare can also cover memory care, but there may be a wait for services.


Memory care at The Tides at Crimson Village is honored to provide many enriching features for residents. Residents have their own room, bathroom, and yard, and they can participate in on-site events like live music and games. Our engagement centers allow residents to do the day-to-day tasks they’ve always done to keep them feeling secure and engaged. Social, activity, and educational programs are also offered to all residents. Reminders about planned events and meals are given as needed, and a licensed nurse is on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


If you have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, now is the ideal time for find them a compassionate community ready to accommodate their needs. The Tides Memory Care is expanding and is proud to introduce all-new renovated suites: The Crimson Suites, The Varsity Suites, The Champion Suites, and The Legends Suites!

Call Tim Eads (205) 344-2855 for an open house tour and to discover the suite savings. This suite deal lasts through June 1, 2021. For more information about our memory care offerings at Crimson Village, please click here.


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