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

Prevalence
60-70% of dementia cases

Characterized by
Amyloid plaques and beta tangles.

Symptoms include
Impairments in memory, language, and visuospatial skills.

Vascular Dementia

Prevalence
10-20% of dementia cases

Characterized by
Disease or injury to the blood vessels leading to the brain.

Symptoms include
Impaired motor skills and judgement.

Frontotemporal Dementia

Prevalence
10% of dementia cases

Characterized by
Deterioration of frontal and temporal lobes of the brain..

Symptoms include
Personality changes and issues with language.

Lewy Body Dementia

Prevalence
5% of dementia cases

Characterized by
Lewy body protein deposits on nerve cells.

Symptoms include
Hallucinations, disordered sleep, impaired thinking and motor skills.

Local Los Angeles caregiver resources

01

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

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

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02

UCLA Mary Easton Center

Diagnosis, medical resources and clinical trials.

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03

USC Family Caregiver Support Center

Support for family caregivers including social workers.

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04

Alzheimer’s Association

National advocacy and research organization.

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05

Leeza’s Care Connection

Support groups covering a range of caregiver needs

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06

Parkinson’s Community LA

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

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Check Out Our Memory Care Blog Posts

Best Memory Care Facilities for Different Stages of Dementia

Monday, July 25th 2022

Best Memory Care Facilities for Different Stages of Dementia

Care facilities for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are evolving. In Los Angeles today, there are an increasing number of alternative living arrangements that respond to individuals at the different stages of dementia.

"Fun Inside," New Activity Books for Seniors with MCI

Thursday, March 4th 2021

"Fun Inside," New Activity Books for Seniors with MCI

"Fun Inside" is a series of three activity books written for seniors of the greatest generation with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The books provide simple word games, puzzles and coloring activities to stimulate and soothe those dealing with cognitive decline who do not yet have Alzheimer's or other form of dementia.

Assisted Living and Parkinson's - What to Know

Tuesday, December 7th 2021

Assisted Living and Parkinson's - What to Know

Parkinson's disease is a debilitating condition impacting the central nervous system. For most families, at some point, in-home care or assisted living may be the best option when caring for a loved one.