Because of the unique needs of residents with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia, memory care is often needed. Many assisted living communities offer memory care in a secure area to protect residents from leaving the building unescorted (i.e. wandering). Memory care can also be provided in smaller residential care homes, as long as the licensed care home is able to meet the resident's needs with staff training, alarmed doors, and other precautions based on their specific resident population.
Stand-alone memory care communities (licensed like other RCFEs, residential care facilities for the elderly) also exist, and some skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) specialize in memory care for individuals with both memory care and medical needs.
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