Choosing The Right Care


The first step in the process is to Identify the type of facility that best meets your needs. There are three main categories of facilities: Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Behavioral Health. Below you will find a description of each type of facility.


Assisted Living Facilities provide seniors with an active environment and personal care from trained and certified employees, as well as access to medical care in a residential setting. Facilities are designed to be "cozy" in nature with 5-10 residents and 1-2 caregivers onsite. They are typically located in single-family homes within residential neighborhoods. However, there are a few larger communities with up to 100 residents. Many families prefer the smaller residential facilities, as they have the feel of a home more than the feel of a healthcare institution. Assisted living residents experience difficulty living independently and require assistance with the day to day activities like eating, walking, bathing, dressing, and toileting, but do not require continuous medical services. In addition to assistance with daily living activities, standard services include medication management, laundry services, meal services, housekeeping, and transportation. Required medical services are provided by visiting Physicians, Nurses, and Therapists. With the exception of medical emergencies and specialist visits, residents rarely need to leave the facility to receive required medical care.


Memory Care Facilities are specialized facilities that cater to the specific needs of Dementia, Alzheimer's, and TBI residents. The facilities are more secure than most assisted living facilities to prevent wandering residents from leaving the facility. Additionally, the staff are specially trained to address the unique care needs of memory care residents. The majority of Memory Care Facilities provide full assistance with the activities of daily living, however some facilities do not accept residents who require a higher level of care (bedbound, wound treatment, behavioral issues, etc.).


Behavioral Health Facilities focus on providing care for residents with behavioral health needs. While Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities operate under an assisted living licensing scheme, Behavior Health Facilities have a special behavioral health license and only employ trained caregivers with a license in behavioral health. However, behavior health facilities do not provide services to residents who require complete assistance with daily living needs. If a loved one needs behavioral health services in addition to assistance with daily living needs, it is strongly suggested you work with an Advisor who can assist you in finding a facility that meets those specific needs.
Best Fit Typical Services Typical Price Range
Assisted Living Seniors who are cognizant and social, but need assistance with daily living activities Assistance with daily living needs, meals, housekeeping, and social activities. $1,800 - $6,500/month
Memory Care Seniors who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or Dementia. Secured environment, specialized memory care, and assistance with daily living. $4,000 - $8,000/month
Behavioral Health Seniors with behavior disturbances or a psychiatric diagnosis requiring special care. Secured environment, specialized behavioral health services, and assistance with daily living. $3,500 - $7,500/month