When to Move from Assisted Living to Memory Care

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One of the best things about assisted living is that it provides you with the support you need to live comfortably in your golden years. But sometimes, you need a higher level of care than what’s traditionally offered. How do you know when to move from assisted living to memory care?

When to Move from Assisted Living to Memory Care

Why do people choose to live in assisted living communities? The answers vary, but most seniors will cite the level of care they’re able to receive as a resident. For many seniors, residency in a senior living community is a guarantee that their needs will be met. However, as we get older, sometimes our needs change and we need support in new areas. A common area where seniors need support is age-related memory issues, which is why memory care is such a popular senior living option. But how do you know when to move from assisted living to memory care?

What Is Memory Care?

Memory care is a type of senior living community that is designed around the needs of seniors with age-related memory issues. It’s similar to what you would find at any senior living community, but with some extra supports in place for those who need additional assistance with memory-related tasks:

  • Personalized housekeeping, assistance with medication management, and help with other daily tasks that can be challenging for those with memory issues
  • Experienced staff that specialize in assisting seniors who are navigating age-related memory issues
  • Special memory-building activities, social events, and other opportunities to socialize and have fun

For people with age-related memory issues, memory care can be a great way to get the support they need while still enjoying life in a vibrant and active senior community.

Is It Time for Me to Move into Memory Care?

If you’re beginning to notice age-related memory issues, you may be wondering if a move into memory care might be the right call. For some people, such as those who have a progressive memory loss condition like Alzheimer’s, moving into memory care right away makes sense. However, if you’re just experiencing what may be typical age-related memory loss, it can be challenging to determine if more extensive help is needed. If you’re not sure if it’s time for memory care or not, senior living experts recommend taking a look at how memory issues are affecting your life:

  • If your memory issues prevent you from practicing daily self-care routines like showers and brushing your teeth, memory care can offer assistance with these daily tasks.
  • If frequent memory lapses interfere with your ability to socialize and connect with others, memory care can create opportunities for connection that will work with your needs and abilities.
  • If caretakers have advised you that they are concerned about your memory issues, memory care is undoubtedly worth exploring!

In general, the earlier you can get someone into a memory care environment, the more benefit they will receive. So if you think memory care can benefit you, why not look into it today?


The Shores of Lake Phalen offers memory care as one of many living options for our residents. If you’re interested in learning more about what we can do for you, give us a call!

Are you looking for a community that provides a positive, healthy atmosphere where you can live out your golden years? The Shores of Lake Phalen is an assisted living and memory care community in a quiet, peaceful environment in Maplewood, Minnesota. Surrounded by a gorgeous wooded setting between two lakes, our residence offers the accessibility of apartment-style housing with the atmosphere and elegance of a resort. We offer numerous health and safety amenities, fun events and activities, a friendly and accommodating staff, and so much more. Schedule a tour of the community to explore our spacious apartments, elegant dining room, and more. We look forward to hearing from you!