These facilities specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. In the early or mid-stages of the disease, patients may be able to live in an assisted living facility. Specialized dementia units may be offered by residential, assisted living, or nursing facilities. For additional assistance, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter at (617) 868-6718 or (800) 548-2111. They publish the Assisted Living Consumer Guide on what to look for while evaluating an assisted living facility for someone with memory impairment.
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
CCRC is a full service community offering a long-term contract that provides for a continuum of care including retirement, assisted living, and nursing services all on one campus.
Nursing homes are for individuals who need 24 hours a day, seven days a week supervision and skilled nursing care. Comprehensive information can be found in A Consumer’s Guide to Nursing and Rest Homes, available from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs at (800) AGE-INFO or (800) 243-4636.