Retirement Community and Facility Types
These special memory care facilities specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. In the early or mid-stages of the disease, patients may be able to live in an assisted living facility. Frequently, assisted living facilities have a separate Alzheimer’s unit.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain resulting in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. It is only one of several forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s care facilities specialize in care of patients with dementia. Assisted living facilities or facilities offering congregate living, or board and care may be appropriate for residents in early or mid stages of the disease. But unless they have a specialized dementia unit, it will be necessary to transfer the person to another facility.
For additional assistance, you may contact the National Alzheimer’s Association, 919 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-1676. Tel: 1-800-272-3900. Ask about a chapter in your area. Their Web site may be found athttp://www.alz.org