When to Move from Assisted Living to Memory Care

Many people transition into Assisted Living when they no longer feel confident caring for themselves. Their own homes might present safety challenges, or they don’t feel safe being alone. In Assisted Living, they can maintain their independence while being supported by care associates.

Residents can thrive in Assisted Living in a quality senior living community. They also enjoy forming new friendships and partaking in fun social activities. However, there may come a time when Assisted Living is no longer the best option. You or your loved one may need to explore Memory Care when you notice the following signs:  

Behavior Changes

Some people struggle with transitioning from their homes into senior living communities. However, many high-quality Assisted Living programs provide private apartments and warm and welcoming communal areas to help all residents feel at home. As a result, it’s usually not long until they make friends and form new routines.

If your loved one has settled in and is thriving, only to experience out-of-character behavior changes, take notice. You can discuss all possible solutions with their care team, with Memory Care being one of them.

Forgetting Important Details

We can all be a little forgetful sometimes. However, forgetting crucial details can sometimes be a sign of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. Forgetting important dates might be the first indicator. You might also notice others, like forgetting how to use a telephone or practice basic hygiene.

Assisted Living residents receive 24/7 assistance, but Memory Care programs have more specialized care available from a team that has received extra training. Those early signs of memory loss might motivate you to explore Memory Care in earnest.

Eating and Drinking Challenges  

Impaired appetite can be linked to the physiological changes associated with aging. Changes to the digestive system can also contribute to a reduced appetite. However, if your loved one starts experiencing eating problems that pose health or safety risks, such as choking, Memory Care might be worth considering.

As dementia progresses, people can experience challenges with chewing and swallowing. They might also be reluctant to eat or become angry, agitated, or overwhelmed during meals. Memory Care programs in highly-regarded senior living communities are designed around these complexities. Meal times are often made easier with soothing music, ambient lighting, and visual menus for stress-free food selection.


Senior living communities often have simple layouts that make getting to apartments and common areas easy. It doesn’t take long for new residents to find everything they need.

You might be concerned about your loved one if that suddenly changes. If they forget where they are, where they’re going, or what they’re doing, this can be a sign of a need for Memory Care.

Everyday Living Difficulties

Struggles with everyday living aren’t associated with dementia alone. Many people join senior living communities when they need extra help. However, a sudden decline in your loved one’s abilities might point to a mental or physical health issue. If you’re worried, talk to your healthcare team for advice on the best next steps to take.

Learn More About Memory Care at Bristol Park at Cleburne

Bristol Park at Cleburne Assisted Living and Memory Care is a vibrant senior living community in Cleburne, Texas. Whether you’re considering Assisted Living or Memory Care for yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to schedule a personal tour today. Contact us to learn more and make a well-informed decision to suit your unique needs.

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