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What Is Memory Care?

As a senior, you may be concerned about the ways memory issues can affect your quality of life. Luckily, memory care can help seniors maintain their independence while getting the support they need. But what is memory care?

What Is Memory Care?

Did you know that the majority of seniors seeking supportive housing are specifically looking for communities that offer memory care? Memory care is a specialized type of senior support that is focused on giving seniors with memory issues the help they need to live their lives to the fullest.

Staff and residents work together in order to avoid the health and safety issues that can be caused by lapses in memory. These communities offer a support structure that removes the stress of navigating daily life with memory issues, while still allowing seniors to maintain a sense of independence. A community with memory care typically offers these amenities:

  • A friendly, welcoming environment, including private living areas that residents can decorate and make feel like home.
  • A well-trained staff that specializes in caring for seniors with memory issues. This staff will work with you to create a personal memory care plan, tailored to your individual needs and preferences.
  • Scheduled check-ins and assistance from staff in meeting daily needs. This can include assistance with mealtimes, medication reminders, and any other prompts or guidance that help a resident through their day.
  • Activities structured around memory enrichment, such as jigsaw puzzles and other brain-strengthening tasks. This can include individual activities, or group activities that allow you to meet and befriend your neighbors. Seniors in memory care often benefit from being able to connect to and support other seniors with similar issues.
  • A secure environment, set up specifically to be safe for those with memory issues. This includes easy-to-navigate hallways and rooms, and secured courtyards and other rooms that allow seniors to safely enjoy various enrichment activities.

Seniors who have trouble living independently due to memory issues often thrive in a community that offers memory care. It’s a place where you can get the support you need while still living the life you want to live.

Is Memory Care Right for Me?

The decision to seek out supportive living as a senior is a deeply personal one, and it is one you should make in consultation with your doctors and loved ones. In general, it is best to make the transition into memory care before memory issues become too severe. There are some basic questions you’ll want to consider when you make that decision:

  • Have I been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other condition that affects my memory?
  • Have I had any problems in the last couple of months caused by memory lapses? Have they made me feel unsafe? Have friends or family expressed concern on my behalf?
  • Do my memory issues make me feel isolated from other people? Have they strained things with my friends and family in ways I haven’t intended?
  • Would my life be easier and less stressful if I had some more support in navigating my memory issues?

If the answers to any of these questions are “yes,” we encourage you to look into memory care.


Making decisions about supportive living can be intimidating, but you don’t need to do it alone. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you keep living your life to the fullest, no matter what comes next.

If you’re looking for supportive senior living in Greenville, look no further. The Gables on Pelham is a continuing care retirement community that welcomes seniors from all walks of life. We offer flexible and personalized care, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. You’ll love our cozy accommodations, fun-filled events calendar, and welcoming community atmosphere. To learn more, please schedule a tour or give us a call at 864-713-1377.