When to move to memory care

Signs and situations to look for

Find a list of memory care communities

A loved one's dementia creates a wealth of stress for families. As you negotiate stages in the progress of the disease, one of the many questions families face is when to move into a memory care community. Across provinces, there can be wait times for proper government-provided care for dementia sufferers. Private memory care serves as a helpful bridge for families.

Interim care may come in other forms, of course. Home care providers can provide dementia care at home, but there comes a point when home care is no longer the proper solution. Assisted living care can also be helpful to families, giving them the reassurance that a loved one is being watched over, 24/7.

Memory care communities provide the best environment for people in the middle to later stages of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Here, they are in community with others having the same condition. People who have difficulties elsewhere improve immensely in memory care. In a quieter, more manageable environment tailored to their needs, dementia sufferers feel more at ease. Read more about the advantages offered by memory care environments.

Here’s our look at situations and conditions under which you should move into memory care:

1. You know how long you'll be paying for memory care

You’ve calculated your budget, understand your estimated wait time for long-term care, and know how long you will require memory care. In other words, you are at a point where you are sure you can afford it. Part of this is understanding wait times for government-funded long-term care. Here's a province-by-province look at understanding wait times: 

2. Wandering has become dangerous

Family members or other care providers can only provide a limited level of monitoring. Any wandering episode should be cause for concern and for many families, this will be when you take care to another level. Some technologies can help monitor your loved one. But if you have exhausted all options, the best place for your loved one is a secure memory care environment.

3. You're at risk of caregiver burnout

As a caregiver, you can apply for a respite care stay to help you manage stress. Many families also supplement their personal caregiving by hiring home care service but this has limits, also (see next). In a professional memory care environment, personal support workers and other nursing staff onsite are trained in the Gentle Persuasive Approach and many professional care techniques focused on the safety and security of your loved one. Pushing yourself to the limit is not helpful for anyone.

4. Home care costs are higher than you would pay for full time memory care

If you are supplementing family caregiving with home care, there comes a time when your loved one most definitely requires round-the-clock care. If you are paying more per day for home care than you would pay in a memory care community, it’s time to consider the move.

5. The living situation is otherwise no longer tenable

If your loved one’s home presents hazards that endanger his or her security, this is one example of a situation where you need to step up in finding better care. Certainly you can make renovations or other changes to deal with bathroom design, fall hazards and other issues. But again, there may come a time when it makes most sense to move forward.

Before you reach any of the situations above, we hope you have investigated memory care options near you, understand the costs, the care you will get, and the value of the environment created.

List of memory care communities

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The Shores of Port Credit

The Shores of Port Credit

280 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 0A5
The Shores is designed for vibrant living with the highest quality of personal care. Amenities include pool, fitness & exercise club, restaurant, bistro & cafe, a golf simulator lounge & wine cellar.
The Briton House

The Briton House

720 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2N7
Family-owned and operated, the Briton House is dedicated to the highest standards of service. Offering a full continuum of care, a variety of amenities and suites, home-cooked meals, and a 15,000 sq. ft. indoor garden.
The Village Langley

The Village Langley

3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A1E1
We believe that the desire for fulfillment and living a life with purpose does not diminish with a diagnosis of dementia. We focus on the possibilities of each person, supporting each to live with laughter, love and joy.
Holland Gardens

Holland Gardens

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H3
Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.
Wintergreene Estates

Wintergreene Estates

4950 Pasqua Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 7L2
At Wintergreene you'll discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities, health and wellness programs & friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement.
Carp Commons Retirement Village

Carp Commons Retirement Village

458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0
One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.
Hawthorn Park Retirement Community

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community

867 KLO Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9G5
Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.
The Dunfield Retirement Residence

The Dunfield Retirement Residence

77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3
The Dunfield Retirement Residence has established a new standard in senior retirement living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with 177 spacious apartments. Where people come to LIVE!
Credit River

Credit River

175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 0X7
Credit River is a 6-storey condo style residence, with an array of well-appointed suite styles to choose from and our highly-skilled health care professionals are available around the clock if you need them.
Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace

285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1X 1M9
Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.
The Village of Humber Heights

The Village of Humber Heights

2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3W3
The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke offers different levels of service from independent apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
The Village of Riverside Glen

The Village of Riverside Glen

60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 8M8
This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.
The Village of Wentworth Heights

The Village of Wentworth Heights

1620 Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 2W3
The Village of Wentworth Heights is a full-service retirement living community offering retirement apartments, full-service suites, assisted living and memory care.
The Village of Tansley Woods

The Village of Tansley Woods

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8
At The Village of Tansley Woods we offer the full continuum of care - Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care all in one village.
The Village of Arbour Trails

The Village of Arbour Trails

32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0C9
Guelph retirement home offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Includes 24 hour onsite nursing team and medication support within a Village-like setting. It takes a Village to care.
The Village of Erin Meadows

The Village of Erin Meadows

2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 7M4
Mississauga's unique continuum of care concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
The Village of Taunton Mills

The Village of Taunton Mills

3800 Brock Sreet North, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 3A5
The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
The Village of Winston Park

The Village of Winston Park

695 Block Line Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
The Village at University Gates

The Village at University Gates

250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 0E2
Cambridge Manor

Cambridge Manor

253 Smith St NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6K1
Renowned for award winning care and a ‘people-first’ approach to wellness. Enjoy a rich & full life with the comfort & peace of mind of a true aging-in-place experience.
Revera Greenway Retirement

Revera Greenway Retirement

100 Ken Whillans Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6V 0A4
Revera Greenway Retirement Residence is set along beautiful creeks and trails – just one of the many luxuries here. At Revera Greenway, you can swim in the pool, play on the putting green or lounge on the rooftop!
Metta Lifestyles Queens Estate Retirement

Metta Lifestyles Queens Estate Retirement

265 Queens Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6L 3C6
At Queens Estate, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.
Douglas Crossing  by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

Douglas Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

6 Douglas Rd, Uxbridge, Ontario, L9P1S9
Douglas Crossing is a vibrant young at heart retirement community. Book your tour today to experience your lifestyle, your way.
New Horizons Tower

New Horizons Tower

1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
Bayshore Home Health

Bayshore Home Health

2101 Hadwen Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1L8
Bayshore Home Health understands that aging at home can be the best option for many seniors. We provide personalized home care services to meet your needs and support you and your family throughout the care process.
McCowan Retirement Residence

McCowan Retirement Residence

2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2
McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3
Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.
The Vineyards Residence

The Vineyards Residence

726 Valley Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 0E9
The Vineyards approach to assisted living & memory care allows people to go about life as they always have, despite health changes. Beautiful suites & homemade meals. Discover for yourself why we say Life’s Better Here
Forest Valley Terrace

Forest Valley Terrace

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1
Forest Valley Terrace is proud to be the only community that is designed & dedicated to accommodate the needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3
Ravines offers you tranquility in one of Ottawa’s most scenic neighbourhoods, Prince of Wales. A social, carefree lifestyle awaits you in a friendly community staffed with individuals who truly care.
Villagia in the Glebe

Villagia in the Glebe

480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3N6
Villagia is centrally located on the edge of the Glebe, the downtown core and just steps away from the world renowned Rideau Canal.
The Meadows of Aurora

The Meadows of Aurora

400 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1L7
At the Meadows of Aurora, we offer a unique ownership opportunity within a continuum of living. Our Life Lease suites include designer kitchens, seven appliances, one parking, one locker and premium finishes throughout.
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 150 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2
With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!
The Barrieview by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

The Barrieview by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

3 Concert Way, Barrie, Ontario, L4N6N5
The Barrieview offers retirement living beyond your expectations. Offering spacious living, exceptional dining and life enrichment in a convenient location in Barrie. Independent Living. Assisted Living. Memory Care.
Delmanor Elgin Mills

Delmanor Elgin Mills

80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3
Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community since 2002.
Yorkton Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

Yorkton Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

348 Morrison Drive, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, S3N 4H9
Metta Lifestyles Governors Walk Retirement Residence

Metta Lifestyles Governors Walk Retirement Residence

150 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2J7
A former monastery and friary, Governors Walk is designed to pay respect to the past while featuring a modern touch. Governors Walk is steps away from the picturesque Rideau River and Stanley park.
Lawbell Senior Home Care Services

Lawbell Senior Home Care Services

7191 Yonge Street, Markham, Ontario, L3T 0C7
Lawbell Senior Home Care Services We offers medical and non - medical care support for seniors and people of all ages, in their homes, retirement residence, hospitals and Long term care facilities.
Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4
Carleton Place Terrace welcomes pets: offers residents plenty of options with studios and one-bedrooms that may include a kitchenette & / or a walk-out . Activities & chef-prepared meals keep residents healthy & active.
West Park Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

West Park Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

1801 Meier Drive, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, S6J0C3
At West Park Crossing, we offer a warm and friendly atmosphere, caring staff, chef-prepared meals and a full calendar of activities.
The Manor Villages StayWell Manor

The Manor Villages StayWell Manor

174 Ypres Green SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6M2
Staywell Manor Village offers elegant retirement living in the heart of Calgary. Whether you are looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, we have lifestyle options to meet your needs.
Revera Leaside Retirement

Revera Leaside Retirement

10 / 14 William Morgan Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M4H 1E7
Leaside is a stylish retirement residence where you can receive quality care and lead an active lifestyle. Offering a variety of living options, Leaside allows you to age in place in a comfortable & friendly environment.
Symphony Senior Living Kanata

Symphony Senior Living Kanata

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8
Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to shopping, parks and churches at Symphony Senior Living Kanata. This pet friendly community offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill your unique needs.
OPAL by Element

OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4 Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
Waterford, The

Waterford, The

1345 56th Street, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, V4L 2P9
Featuring bright suites surrounded by pedestrian pathways, and a two-acre water feature in Tsawwassen town-centre. Two choices in all-inclusive senior housing: independent living and a licensed Care Centre suites.
Aster Gardens - Optima Living

Aster Gardens - Optima Living

7 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 1Y7
Aster Gardens, an Optima Living community, opening March 2021, is Sherwood Park’s newest residence that will transform the way seniors live. Let us welcome you home.
Metta Lifestyles Greenview Retirement

Metta Lifestyles Greenview Retirement

880 Lawrence Ave E, North York, Ontario, M3C1P6
At Greenview Residence, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.
Stonebridge Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

Stonebridge Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

102 Wellman Cres., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7T 0J1
Stonebridge Crossing is a retirement community located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, offering a warm and friendly atmosphere. We are a licensed personal care home that offers a variety of lifestyle and care options.
Riverbend Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

Riverbend Crossing by Esprit Lifestyle Communities

2235 Heseltine Rd, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4V 2Y7
Riverbend Crossing is a memory care community located in Regina, Saskatchewan, specializing in caring for those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of cognitive or memory impairment.
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence

Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence

57 Trott Blvd., Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 0A3
Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

301 7th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1Y6
Chartwell Deerview Crossing Retirement Residence

Chartwell Deerview Crossing Retirement Residence

460 Rymal Road West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 0B2
Chartwell Scarlett Heights Retirement Residence

Chartwell Scarlett Heights Retirement Residence

4005 Eglinton Ave West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 5H3
Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2L 4H5



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