What is Dementia Care?

Dementia Care

Dementia is a broad term to describe a group of symptoms and illnesses that affect memory and daily functioning. A person is considered to have dementia if at least two brain functions are impaired. Memory loss is the most common impairment.

Types of Dementia

Most people think dementia and Alzheimer's disease are one and the same. In fact, Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Researchers with The Alzheimer's Association estimate that Alzheimer's disease accounts for between 60% and 80% of all dementias. Other common types of dementia include:


    - Lewy body dementia
    - Vascular dementia
    - Frontotemporal dementia
    - Huntington's disease
    - Traumatic brain injury

Dementia Care Options

For families looking for senior care to help support a loved one with dementia, the options are similar to those for Alzheimer's care.

In-home care - For help with tasks such as grooming, bathing, medication reminders, grocery shopping, laundry, housekeeping and meal preparation.

Assisted Living - An assisted living community can provide your loved one with help managing the activities of daily living. They also offer a full calendar of life enrichment activities. Many assisted living centers also have specialty Alzheimer's care programs that your loved one may benefit from depending upon their type of dementia.

Nursing Home - For many who live with dementia, a nursing home may be the best solution because of the skilled medical care they require. Nursing homes have skilled healthcare professionals, including nurses and therapists, as well as aides to help with everyday tasks.

Dementia Care Costs

The cost of dementia care depends upon what level of care you select. If you opt for an in-home care provider, the median expense is $18 per hour. Should your family choose assisted living for your loved one, the median cost per month is about $3,450. Finally, the median cost for a nursing home or skilled nursing facility is $207 per day for a semi-private room.

To learn more about each of these types of care and what payment options you might have visit our assisted living community, nursing home or in-home care information centers.

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