in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Our Memory Support community is a secure environment, tailored to people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Our community offers private or companion suites and has comfortable common areas designed to stimulate our residents’ cognitive abilities. Daily routines of bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and managing medication are customized to each resident’s needs, along with social and cognitively stimulating activities like games, music, and crafts.
We know that memory loss affects everyone differently and value each resident as an individual with different care needs. When one’s cognitive abilities change, our need for purpose, meaning, and routine continues.
Portraits Memory Support Program
Our memory care program, Portraits, creates that purpose through distinct roles and daily routines for each resident within their community. Following Montessori principles, these activities maximize that resident’s abilities – focusing on what they can do rather than what they can’t.
We strive to make these activities as relevant to the resident’s life and history as possible. Portraits is an ongoing way of life, each and every day, aimed at retaining, exercising and stimulating residents’ remaining abilities. Because we know that memory loss affects everyone differently, associates receive continuous training to apply Montessori methods to the different types of dementia.
Memory Care apartments include:
Our Memory Care residences are thoughtfully designed to allow for ease of movement within one’s own space. They also feature the following amenities that will make life easier and more enjoyable:
- Utilities (gas, electric, water)
- Cable television
- Window treatments
“I feel so much better about the care Mom’s getting now that she’s at The Heritage at Fox Run. I truly feel like she’s in a great Memory Care community.”
What Is Memory Care?
Memory Care communities provide a secure, physically safe, and emotionally and socially supportive environment to residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
It can be free-standing, offered alongside an Assisted Living community, or as a level of living inside a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community).
Memory Care offers very low resident-to-caregiver ratios. The mental, physical, and social well-being of each resident is of paramount importance in Memory Care communities.
How Does One Pay for Memory Care?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, the following six resources are the most common sources from which Americans pay for Memory Care services, whether in one’s home or at a Memory Care facility.
For most Americans ages 65 or older, Medicare is the primary source of health care coverage. However, private insurance, a group employee plan or retiree health coverage also may provide essential coverage.
Long-term care insurance is another option. Unlike traditional health insurance, long-term care insurance is designed to cover long-term services and supports, including personal care in a variety of settings.
If a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia continues to work during the early stages of the disease, benefits may include paid sick leave, short-term disability benefits, and a flexible spending account.
To determine what employee benefits may help pay for Memory Care services, be sure to review the employer’s benefits handbook and ask the employer’s benefits specialist what benefits may be available.
Personal assets that belong to a person with dementia or their family member may be a source of payment for Memory Care. Personal assets can include private savings, 401(k) accounts, stocks, bonds, proceeds from the sale of one’s primary residence, inheritance assets, fine jewelry, fine art, collections, and real estate.
Benefits from retirement plans can provide critical financial resources, even if the person with dementia hasn’t reached retirement age. Retirement plans include:
- Individual retirement accounts (IRAs)
Pension plans typically pay benefits before retirement age to a worker defined as disabled under the plan’s guidelines. Social Security benefits are also available before retirement age if Social Security disability requirements are met.
Medicare covers some aspects of dementia care. Examples include inpatient stays at a skilled nursing facility, home health care, and medically necessary diagnostic tests.
Additionally, people with dementia may be eligible for specific Medicare plans that are tailored to their specific needs. These include things like special needs plans and chronic care management services.
While many people with dementia need some sort of long-term care, Medicare typically doesn’t cover this. Other programs, such as Medicaid, can help to cover the costs of long-term care.
It is wise to consult a Medicare/Medicaid specialist in your state to explore all your available options.
Community Support Services:
Many community organizations provide low-cost or even free services, including respite care, support groups, transportation and home-delivered meals.
With the expansion of senior care services over the past several decades, many families today will consider informal care arrangements using family, friends, neighbors, churches, synagogues, and volunteer groups.