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Frequently Asked Questions: Memory Care

September 10, 2021 | Laura Tenpenny

What memory care services are provided at Lake Gibson Village?

Our Reflections Memory Care neighborhood provides a Montessori approach to personal care services, assistance with the activities of daily living, emergency monitoring, and more. The philosophy behind Montessori is providing a failure-free environment for our residents and ensuring they remain independent for as long as possible. We carry this philosophy over in our cognitively stimulating activities for residents and easy access to our care team who develop care plans and monitor residents’ health and progression.

What does Medicare cover for Alzheimer’s care?

Medicare does not cover residential memory care. Medicare does cover some beneficial and applicable services for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, including short-term stays in nursing homes and a limited number of hours of in-home health care per week. Additionally, Medicare Supplement plans may provide additional coverage of Alzheimer’s care and services.

Does insurance cover Alzheimer’s care?

Insurance may cover Alzheimer’s care in some circumstances. Medicare and Medicaid do not cover memory care. However, Medicaid waiver programs may provide some coverage for memory care but are not provided in all assisted living communities. Additionally, long-term care insurance typically covers at least a portion of the cost of Alzheimer’s care.

What is the difference between a nursing home and a memory care facility? 

The main difference between a nursing home and Lake Gibson Village Reflection’s Memory Care is that our memory care neighborhood is specifically for seniors living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory impairments. Reflections gears all our services, amenities, activities, and policies towards best assisting those with memory impairment. Nursing homes provide high-level medical care for those with both chronic and acute conditions that require regular monitoring and/or medical assistance.

When should someone with dementia go into a memory care neighborhood? 

It’s up to each individual person and their family to determine when someone with dementia should seek outside memory care services. Some families choose to keep their loved one at home with a care aide for the duration of their illness, while others choose to transition a loved one to residential care. This typically happens when someone progresses past the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s and begins experiencing more acute symptoms, but once again, each individual and their families are different.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?

If you have questions, Lake Gibson Village is here to help you find the resources and solutions that you need. Call us at 863-815-6195 or email info@lakegibsonvillage.com for more information.

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