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How to Decide Between Assisted Living and Memory Care

If you or your loved one has made the decision to move to an assisted living community, you may be wondering how to decide between assisted living and memory care.

If you or your loved one has made the decision to move to an assisted living community, you may be wondering how to decide between assisted living and memory care. Some communities, like the Mission at Agua Fria Senior Living, offer both. We’ll talk you through some of the key features of each to help you make the best decision for you.

Level of Care

One of the main differences between assisted living and memory care is the type of care provided. If your loved one is fairly independent but needs some help with daily activities, such as bathing or grooming, then assisted living may be the better option. On the other hand, if your loved one shows signs of memory impairment, such as struggling with routine tasks, losing train of thought mid-conversation, or exhibiting personality changes, it may be a sign that a more advanced level of care is needed.

While both options include enrichment programs designed to recognize the unique capabilities and interests of each resident, a memory care community includes therapy programs to stimulate the mind as well. The Mission’s memory care programs incorporate art, sensory integration, and music and pet therapy to promote physical, spiritual, and intellectual engagement. Our healthcare team is also certified and specially trained to provide support and care for those living with dementia and other memory care needs.


Because wandering is a common occurrence among those with dementia or other memory-related illnesses, our memory care community offers a state-of-the-art secure environment with private studios that are ADA accessible. Our memory care neighborhood is also conveniently located on the ground floor of the building and features a dedicated nurse’s station to assist residents who may require a little extra help getting around.

On the other hand, our assisted living community offers more independence and ease of movement. Our assisted living residents can take advantage of social events and excursions, as well as visits to our onsite theater, game room, or beauty salon. If your loved one wants to maintain an active and independent lifestyle, they will certainly be able to do it here.


Because there are additional resources associated with memory care, its expense can sometimes be greater than the cost of assisted living. If you’re concerned about your finances or simply want to know more about how to decide between assisted living and memory care, we invite you to give us a call to discuss your options.

The great thing about a community like the Mission at Agua Fria Senior Living is that it offers both assisted living and memory care in a single place. This means if your loved one’s care ever needs to change, we can adjust their living situation accordingly. Once settled somewhere, you won’t have to uproot your loved one and transition them to an entirely different living environment once a new level of care is required. Instead, we’ll simply evaluate your loved one’s situation when necessary and adapt their care plan as appropriate.

If you’d like to learn more about us and see firsthand if our community is the right fit for your loved one, we encourage you to schedule a visit. Whether you’re in search of assisted living or memory care services, we have a qualified and supportive care team that will provide exactly what your loved one needs.