Memory Care

The senior living experts at Assisted Living Locators of Los Angeles are Dementia Care Certified® and can help you understand what’s happening with your loved one and how to best to care for him or her.

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Memory Care

The senior living experts at Assisted Living Locators of Los Angeles are Dementia Care Certified® and can help you understand what’s happening with your loved one and how to best to care for him or her.

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Choosing A Memory Care Facility

You are not alone. Caring for someone with dementia at home is by far the biggest challenge for family caregivers. Please don’t feel guilty that you are considering memory care. Taking care of your loved one does not mean that YOU must take care of your loved one. It often means letting trained professionals do the job. Remember, you need to take care of yourself.

70% of our practice at Assisted Living Locators LA is memory care. Here is our approach to finding the right facility:

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7 Best Los Angeles Memory Care Facilities

Stage 1

Mild Cognitive Impairment or Early Dementia

Symptoms

Short-term memory loss, difficulty paying bills, and following multi-step instructions. Repetitive questions and conversations. Frustration.

Best Facilities for Stage 1

A memory care environment that caters specifically to high-functioning seniors with a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis. In the early stages, programming to slow the decline of brain function is key. We recommend communities offering positive social engagement opportunities and engaging activities with people who are at a similar cognitive level.

Stage 2

Moderate or Mid-Stage Dementia

Symptoms

Loss of time and place orientation, forgetting parts of their history, hands-on help with activities of daily life such as getting dressed. Sometimes persons with moderate-stage Alzheimer’s will hallucinate, have delusions, or paranoia. May be exit seeking.

Best Facilities for Stage 2

This is the toughest stage for placement because the person is usually in transition and from person-to-person needs can vary greatly. Depending on whether the decline is physical, cognitive, or both we assess to determine whether a small board and care home or a larger unit with more activity is appropriate.

Stage 3

Late-Stage Dementia

Symptoms

Loss of awareness of events and surroundings. Totally dependent on others for physical care. May be non-verbal. Unable to walk or eat without assistance. Near the end, may be in bed most of the time as the body shuts down.

Best Facilities for Stage 3

Hands-on, close supervision is required for this level of care. We recommend board and care homes for people with late-stage dementia. Board and care homes are limited to six residents. The good ones we work with have at least a 1:3 ratio and specialize in the long-term care of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

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Mild Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive issues not related to aging that are severe enough to be noticeable to other people, but not serious enough to interfere with daily life.

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Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of brain disorders. The major ones are listed below.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Memory Loss

Early Symptoms Include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Poor judgment, leading to bad decisions
  • Loss of spontaneity and sense of initiative
  • Losing track of dates or knowing current location
  • Taking longer to complete normal daily tasks
  • Repeating questions or forgetting recently learned information
  • Trouble handling money and paying bills
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Wandering and getting lost
  • Losing things or misplacing them in odd places
  • Difficulty completing tasks such as bathing
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Increased anxiety and/or aggression

Vascular Dementia

Speed of Thinking/Problem Solving

Early Symptoms Include:

  • Confusion
  • Trouble paying attention and concentrating
  • Reduced ability to organize thoughts or actions
  • Decline in ability to analyze a situation, develop an effective plan and communicate that plan to others
  • Slowed thinking
  • Difficulty with organization
  • Difficulty deciding what to do next
  • Problems with memory
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Unsteady gait
  • Sudden or frequent urge to urinate or inability to control passing urine

Frontotemporal Dementia

Behavior and/or Personality Changes

Early Symptoms Include:

  • Behavior and/or dramatic personality changes, such as swearing, stealing, increased interest in sex, or a deterioration in personal hygiene habits
  • Socially inappropriate, impulsive, or repetitive behaviors
  • Impaired judgment
  • Apathy
  • Lack of empathy
  • Decreased self-awareness
  • Decreased self-awareness
  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities
  • Emotional withdrawal from others
  • Loss of energy and motivation
  • Inability to use or understand language; this may include difficulty naming objects, expressing words, or understanding the meanings of words

Lewy Body

Visual Hallucinations, Tremors or Rigidness

Early Symptoms Include:

  • Changes in thinking and reasoning.
  • Fluctuating cognition that is delirium-like.
  • Recurrent well-formed visual hallucinations.
  • REM sleep behavior disorder that involves acting out dreams.
  • Spontaneous parkinsonism with slowness of movement, rest tremor, or rigidity.

Local Los Angeles caregiver resources

01

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

4221 Wilshire Blvd # 400, Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 938-3379

Dementia workshops, counseling and support groups in a variety of languages.

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02

UCLA Mary Easton Center

University of California, Los Angeles, 200 Medical Plaza Driveway Suite #365A, Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 319-3222

Diagnosis, medical resources and clinical trials.

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03

USC Family Caregiver Support Center

3715 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90089
(855) 872-6060

Support for family caregivers including social workers.

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04

Alzheimer’s Association

9606 S Santa Monica Blvd #200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(323) 309-8821

National advocacy and research organization.

Learn more

05

Leeza’s Care Connection

501 S Buena Vista St, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 847-3686

Support groups covering a range of caregiver needs

Learn more

06

Parkinson’s Community LA

(310) 880-3143
@PDCommunityLA
www.facebook.com/ParkinsonsCommunityLA

Support groups and information for Parkinson’s care partners and family

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Monday, November 27th 2023

LA Dementia & Alzheimer's Resource Guide 2023-2024

It can be confusing to figure out where to turn when you need information, support and guidance when dealing with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Particularly in a large city like Los Angeles, getting help can often leave you feeling isolated.