What is Memory Care?
Although assisted living communities may have memory care on the premises, the two types of care are not synonymous. Memory care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory problems.
A memory care communities offer an individualized approach to dementia care that caters to the specific needs of each resident – sometimes within its own facility but often as part of a larger community setting – and one that provides a safe, structured environment staffed by those specifically trained in memory impairment.
Memory care communities offer residents help with bathing, grooming, and other daily tasks, as well as secured areas that allow safe movement without the risk of wandering off, and activity areas that are purposefully calming and uncluttered.
Generally, if a person is no longer able to care for him or herself and cannot be safely cared for by an untrained family member or loved one because of Alzheimer or other forms of dementia, memory care may be a good option.
IN TEXAS, assisted living facilities have to be licensed and this includes facilities that provide memory care. There is also a separate certification for facilities that provide care to patients with Alzheimer’s and related diseases in the state of Texas.
About Memory Care
Memory care facilities may provide private rooms, rooms with roommates, or private apartments. Memory care staff usually specialize in caring for people with impaired mental and memory function due to Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, and the services they offer may range from light housekeeping and help with both household chores and intimate hygiene activities to skilled nursing care.
The layout and function of a memory care facility will usually be different than that of a regular nursing home or assisted living facility. The floor plan is generally set up to discourage wandering behavior, which Alzheimer’s patients are especially susceptible to at night. It is supervised and monitored on a 24 / 7 basis, often by both security teams and medical staff. Hallways, rooms, and buildings may be locked or otherwise secured so that residents cannot endanger themselves by leaving the building at night.
Memory care facilities often employ more staff in general than assisted living or other more general facilities, because so many different types of services are needed on a 24 / 7 basis.
These facilities also require a larger ratio of skilled medical staff who can help administer medicines because it can be difficult for Alzheimer’s patients and other sufferers of dementia to remember which medications to take and whether or when to take them as well as serve the diverse medical needs of those suffering from the cognitive disease. This is just one factor contributing to the cost of memory care.
What Does Memory Care Costs?
Because these facilities provide such a broad range of services, they can be quite expensive compared to general assisted living facilities although your costs can vary depending on where you live and the services offered. According to Genworth.com the average cost for memory care in Texas is as follows:
Average Monthly: $4,520
Monthly Minimum: $1,950
Monthly Maximum: $6,300
Some memory care facilities have programs that are designed to help reduce the symptoms of cognitive disorders and slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Symptoms such as sundowning, when an Alzheimer’s patient grows increasingly agitated and aggressive at night, as well as wandering and general aggression can also be relieved or reduced in the right facility with staff trained to handle and defuse these symptoms.
Benefits of Memory Care Communities
Often, cognitive therapy is available as well. Memory care communities will frequently have visiting psychiatrists or psychologists who specialize in dementia treatment and alleviation, and who can advise regarding appropriate medications as no Alzheimer’s or dementia patient is the same, and getting the combination of medications right can be a challenging trial and error process.
Most memory care communities also include sensory and social stimulation programs such as games, art or music classes, and other activities. Memory care facilities often try to provide opportunities for residents to interact with groups for socialization purposes. These activities keep the patient’s minds active and occupied, reducing aggressive symptoms and agitation.
If your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia; and if they can no longer be cared for safely at home, a memory care unit may be a good option.
Memory care communities are equipped to provide the supervised, round-the-clock care that many patients suffering from impaired cognition need as well as the safety, security, and socialization programs that can make their lives richer and fuller, despite their illness.
In closing, it’s very important that you understand the differences between assisted living and memory care so you can ask the right questions when inquiring. You’ll feel better knowing you’re making the best decision possible for your loved one. This knowledge also shows the facility you’ve done your homework, that as a consumer and family member, you know and understand the differences.
Texas Memory Care Communities
1520 Katy Gap Road | Katy, TX
The Legacy at Falcon Point in Katy, TX is a luxury senior community providing personalized assisted living and memory care. Our monthly, ALL-INCLUSIVE charges include personalized meals, on-site licensed nurse, weekly housekeeping and maintenance, transportation, utilities (with phone and cable options), medication supervision, personal, grooming assistance, and much more! Our trained staff assists residents with all daily living activities, including dressing, bathing, and managing medications in a comfortable home environment. Conveniently located to Brookshire, Cinco Ranch, Fulshear, Katy, Houston and Sugar Land, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
21175 Southwest Freeway | Richmond, TX
Clayton Oaks Living is a beautifully appointed assisted living and memory care community in Richmond, TX that provides the latest state-of-the-art amenities available. Short-term respite upon availability. Please call for details. Our team of resident-focused caregivers, who are empowered to serve and share a passion for ensuring residents’ well being, are onsite 24-hours each day. They can assist residents with bathing, dressing, grooming, managing their medication, and other activities of daily living in the comfort and privacy of residents’ apartment homes. Chef-prepared meals. Restaurant-style ordering and service. Lic. #106184. Conveniently located to Houston, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg and Sugar Land, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
16700 Ella Blvd. | Houston, TX
Ella Springs Senior Living Community, located at the intersection of Cypress Creek Parkway and Ella Blvd in Spring TX (not far from The Woodlands) provides a full complement of assisted living or memory care services at an affordable rate. State-of-the-art movie theater with comfy seating, walking paths, BBQ pavilion and a wide variety of apartment sizes and up-gradable features. There are numerous dining rooms and menu options to choose from. From a full-service dining room offering table service, to quick grab and go fare, our array of quality menu choices and flexible hours should satisfy large and small appetites alike. Respite. Monthly Caregiver Support Group. Pet-friendly and dog park. Conveniently located to Conroe, Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, and Tomball, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
400 Landing Blvd. | League City, TX
The Cottages at Clear Lake is a state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Well-balanced meals are served family-style in each cottage. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available.Monthly Caregiver Support Group. License No.’s: 010237, 010241, 105485. Privately owned and operated. Pet-friendly. Conveniently located to Clear Lake, Dickinson, Houston and League City, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
7001 West Plano Pkwy | Plano, TX
Prestonwood Court in Plano is an assisted living and memory community designed to provide a full spectrum of services and senior care. Assisted living gives residents the best of both worlds offering independence with personal care and support services available if they need them. We know each memory care resident has unique needs. Our dedicated 24-hour Care Staff works closely with your family to build a relationship of trust with each Resident by helping them stay connected to their own “life story” and to function at his or her highest potential. Pet-friendly. TX ID# 102673. Conveniently located to Allen, Carrollton, Dallas, Frisco, Garland and Richardson, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
6811 Plum Creek Drive | Amarillo, TX
The Cottages at Quail Creek is a state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care community for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available. Caring staff dedicated to caring for individual needs of Alzheimer’s resident. License No.’s: 030318, 030324. Privately owned and operated. Adult day and respite care provided. Pet-friendly. Caregiver Support Group: 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00. Conveniently located to Lubbock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
1295 Kinwest Pkwy | Irving, TX
MacArthur Hills offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, and respite. We are located in the community of Las Colinas and neighboring the premier Hackberry Creek neighborhood in Irving, TX. We offer our residents a vibrant lifestyle that encourages health and independence through our industry-leading educational, health and wellness programs. Chef prepared and resident inspired meals served in our restaurant-style dining rooms to custom fit your dietetic needs and desires. Our unique setting and amenities will engage family and friends alike to share in what will be the best of years to come. And yes, your best friend is welcome too – We are pet-friendly! Conveniently located to Arlington, Bedford, Dallas, Duncanville, Farmers Branch and Grapevine, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
11630 Four Iron Drive | Austin, TX
Arden Courts of Austin was created exclusively for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Arden Courts feature an open floor plan designed to encourage interaction and independence. Our staff receives extensive, ongoing training and education. Their expertise is utilized in creating special programming, engagement therapy, teaching life skills and making a difference in the life of your loved one. Learn how a respite stay can be a caregiver’s short-term strategy and how it could lead a long-term solution for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia’s. ALF Type B. License No. 100262. Conveniently located to Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
1606 Nash Avenue | Austin, TX
Barton Hills is a licensed assisted living personal care home providing Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory care in a loving and safe environment. Three hot, delicious and nutritious meals served daily, 24-hour care attendant supervision, licensed nurse on staff, medication supervision and monitoring, assistance with grooming, bathing, hygiene, social and recreational activities, housekeeping services and more. Affordable assisted living rates. Private and semi-private rooms. Respite care and adult day services available. Licensed as a Type B #000389. Respite and Adult Day Services Available. Conveniently located to Bee Cave, Buda, Kyle and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
11330 Farrah Lane | South Austin, TX
The skilled, compassionate professionals at Silverado Onion Creek, an assisted living and memory care community in South Austin, is dedicated to providing residents with the dignity and care they deserve while they enjoy the community’s warm atmosphere. Comfortable surroundings and engagement activities designed with the needs of memory-impaired individuals in mind help ensure the goal of enriching the lives of both residents and their families. Family Support Group Meetings. Small Pet-Friendly. Call or visit Silverado Onion Creek today! Conveniently located to Austin, Buda, Kyle and Pflugerville, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
9205 Collinfield Dr | Austin, TX
The Collinfield House is dedicated to providing unparalleled Assisted Living care to the aging in Austin, TX. Ask about our approach to Memory Care. We have beautiful and lush living spaces that serve to both relax and engage – truly a warm, family environment. At The Collinfield House, our friendly and enthusiastic caregivers are engaged in the health and happiness of our residents, offering interactive and enriching activities throughout the day including memory care, gardening, a book club, arts and crafts, devotionals, daily exercise and homemade meals. We are an exclusive home for up to seven residents. License #139665. Type B-Small. Member: Texas Assisted Living Association.Conveniently located to Cedar Park, Elgin, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
2215 South Lakeline Blvd. | Cedar Park, TX
Avalon Memory Care in Cedar Park is a licensed assisted living community certified in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s memory care or related dementia’s. Full-time RN. Spacious private or semi-private bedroom. Secured yard, covered decks, and garden areas. Three home-cooked meals daily plus nourishment supplements and snacks between meals and will accommodate special diets as prescribed by a physician. Avalon Memory Care has gone to great lengths to provide a model of care that is uniquely tailored to the special needs of the Alzheimer’s resident. We offer a planned schedule of activities that make use of the resources of our homes and the beautiful surroundings of our neighborhood. Conveniently located to Georgetown, Leander and NW Austin. MORE DETAILS >>
1841 Crystal Falls Parkway | Leander, TX
Legacy at Crystal Falls in Leander, TX is a state-of-the-art concierge assisted living and memory care community providing top-tier care while maintaining our resident’s privacy and independence, all in a luxurious resort-style environment. Legacy at Crystal Falls is LifeWell Senior Living community, developer of assisted living and memory care communities that keep residents engaged in a life they love – a life worth living. Full-Time RN. All inclusive pricing. Month-to-month leases. We adore pets. Small dogs and cats are welcome! Conveniently located to Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Marble Falls and Round Rock, TX.MORE DETAILS >>
14058 A. Bee Cave Parkway | Bee Cave, TX
Silverado Bee Cave is an assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community dedicated to providing skilled, compassionate care to residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s. Residents enjoy the community’s warm atmosphere, comfortable surroundings and engagement activities designed with the needs of memory-impaired individuals in mind helping to ensure the goal of enriching the lives of both residents and their families. Family Support Group Meetings. Small Pet-Friendly. Come visit us soon!Conveniently located to Austin, Bee Cave, Buda, Kyle, Pflugerville and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
2351 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd. | Round Rock, TX
The Cottages at Chandler Creek in Round Rock, TX is a state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community for people living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Well-balanced meals are served family-style in each cottage. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available. Caring staff dedicated to caring for individual needs of Alzheimer’s resident. Privately owned and operated. Pet-friendly. License No.’s: 030118, 030119, 104692. Conveniently located to Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, and Georgetown, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
200 East Debbie Lane | Mansfield, TX
The Isle at Watercrest in Mansfield, TX provides exceptional assisted living, Alzheimer’s Memory Care Support, and Extended Care services all under one roof. Month-to-month rentals. Spacious apartments. You’ll see an amazing difference in the warmth and elegance of our health care neighborhoods. Settle into the luxury and comfort of our spacious apartments with nine-foot ceilings, deluxe appointments, and crown molding. We are the area’s only full continuum of care community. You or your loved one can remain near each other despite different medical need You’ll feel right at home. Conveniently located to Burleson, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Fort Worth and Midlothian, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
8111 Wade Blvd. | Frisco, TX
The Cottages at Chapel Creek is a state-of-the-art certified assisted living residence for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Well-balanced meals are served family-style in each cottage. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available. Monthly caregiver support group for loved ones of those living with Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders every third Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Privately owned and operated. Pet-friendly. Facility #106486. Conveniently located to Carrollton, Lewisville, McKinney, Plano, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
354 Matlock Rd. | Mansfield, TX
5001 Schertz Parkway | Schertz, TX
The Legacy at Forest Ridge in Schertz, TX is a premier community dedicated to providing seniors with innovative, assisted living and memory care. We offer concierge, experienced care in a luxurious, resort-like community. The Legacy at Forest Ridge offers all private rooms equipped with an extremely high standard for features, comfort, and details so each resident enjoys the same luxuries and level of living throughout the community. The Legacy at Forest Ridge is a LifeWell Senior Living community. Conveniently located to Cibolo, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Schertz and Selma, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
5585 Caruth Haven Lane | Dallas, TX
Caruth Haven Court in Dallas, Texas offers Assisted Living and Memory Care services in elegant surroundings where residents are always made to feel special and at home. Our senior residents enjoy wonderful amenities with luxurious surroundings that include our elegant dining room, a fireside library, spacious lounges, covered verandas and a beautifully landscaped courtyard. We are committed to excellence at Caruth Haven Court and take great pride in exceeding the expectations of our residents and their families. Caruth Haven Court is pet-friendly and managed by 12 Oaks Senior Living, a leader of quality senior care. TX ID# 030302. Conveniently located to Mesquite and Richardson, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
335 South FM 548 | Forney, TX
Three Forks of Forney, a 12 Oaks Senior Living community, is an exceptional Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community in historic Forney, TX. Our senior living community is a quick 330-minute drive east of Dallas, located between Terrell and Mesquite. Our beautiful community offers assisted living, dementia / memory care services. Our memory care wing was designed specifically for memory loss residents. The layout allows them the freedom to walk about while always remaining in sight of the staff.Respite care when available. We provide restaurant-style gourmet-quality fine dining. Our professional staff members do the planning, shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning. Visit Three Forks of Forney today! Conveniently located to Forney, Mesquite, and Terrell, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
4907 Williams Dr. | Georgetown, TX
Legacy at Georgetown is an assisted living and memory care community in Georgetown TX. Combining the latest technology with devoted staff, our residents and their families have the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing they have access to the assistance they need and a life they enjoy. All-Inclusive Pricing. Our caregivers offer the support each resident needs with compassion and attention. From an active social calendar to delicious meals to comfortable accommodations, Legacy at Georgetown is a home where our residents can stay engaged in a life they love! Lic #105556. Conveniently located to Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock, Salado and Sun City, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
1650 County Road 245 Georgetown, TX
Rocky Hollow Lake House is a beautiful assisted living and memory care in Georgetown, Texas (conveniently located to Round Rock and Sun City, TX). Private and shared floor plans with private baths and kitchenette’s in all. Attendants 24/7. All-Inclusive Pricing.Certified Dementia Practitioners. Chef prepared fine dining. Exercise program for strengthening and conditioning. Over one acre of secured walking paths. We are a family-run operation and have been for the last 10 years. Pet-friendly. Respite care available. Lic #102467 & #103423 – Type B / Memory Care. Conveniently located to Round Rock and Sun City, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
335 South FM 548 | Forney, TX
Three Forks of Forney, a 12 Oaks Senior Living community, is an exceptional Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community in historic Forney, TX. Our senior living community is a quick 30-minute drive east of Dallas, located between Terrell and Mesquite. Our beautiful community offers assisted living, dementia / memory care services. Our memory care wing was designed specifically for memory loss residents. The layout allows them the freedom to walk about while always remaining in sight of the staff.Respite care when available. We provide restaurant-style gourmet-quality fine dining. Our professional staff members do the planning, shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning. Visit Three Forks of Forney today! Conveniently located to Forney, Mesquite and Terrell, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
4800 Briarwood Ave. | Midland, TX
Legacy Ranch is a licensed Memory Care community located in Midland, TX. Our unique approach offers a symphony of services, all orchestrated to address the needs of our residents. We build upon their strengths, which encourages each person to live life to the fullest! Our caregivers provide loving supervision throughout the day, assisting residents with activities of daily living, such as grooming and toileting. Staff, including LVN’s and Medical Technicians, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Legacy Ranch is a secured property, which is a great comfort to families who have loved ones who are prone to wandering or suffer from “sundowners”. Devotional services are provided at the property and we are small pet-friendly. Conveniently located to Gardendale, Greenwood, Midland, Odessa and Stanton, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
6102 Grand Court Road | San Angelo, TX
The Springs is a licensed assisted living memory care community located in San Angelo, TX. A nurse is on staff at The Springs Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Our unique approach orchestrates our entire community to surround our Residents’ needs and builds upon their strengths, allowing them to live to their fullest potential.The staff at The Springs provide supervision and are able to remind residents to attend to activities of daily living such as grooming and toileting. It is a secured property. Residents who are prone to wandering can be accepted. Devotional services are provided to residents. Small Pet-Friendly. 24-hour staffing. Conveniently located to Carlsbad, Christoval, Knickerbocker, Mertzon and San Angelo, TX. MORE DETAILS >>