What is the Difference Between Memory Care and Nursing Home Care?

As our parents age, we may be considering the types of care assistance that are out there and planning for their needs. That’s why it’s important to understand the difference between two common types of senior care. Memory care communities and nursing homes are two popular options, but they are quite different. Here’s a look at the key differences between these two types of care.

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Nursing homes provide around-the-clock care for people who need constant medical attention and supervision.

Many people think of nursing homes as the only option for senior care, without understanding who they are best suited for. Nursing homes are a resource for families whose loved ones require round-the-clock care, are recovering from an injury or surgery, or have chronic health conditions.

They offer care for people who need constant medical attention and supervision. These long-term care facilities provide care for seniors with physical challenges such as vision impairment or limited mobility. Nursing homes may also have a memory care unit, however, it’s important to understand how the care and services offered there compare to a dedicated memory care community.

How are memory care communities different?

Memory care is a type of long-term care that specializes in helping people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or memory impairments. Proveer at Northgate, located north of Houston, offers compassionate, cost-effective Alzheimer’s and dementia care for families in Houston, Spring, and Tomball.

Memory care can be a life-changing and compassionate choice for caregivers dealing with the mental health needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Seniors and families in the north Houston area now have access to Proveer at Northgate, which provides the highest quality of care at competitive rates.

The community offers a fully supportive and understanding environment that gives its residents all the attentive assistance they need. Families in Houston, Spring, Tomball, and its surrounding areas can be sure that their loved ones will receive the best level of care and attention in a dignified manner with Proveer at Northgate.

Proveer’s Cherish memory care program provides residents with purposeful, engaging activities, specialized nutrition, wellness programs, expertly trained team members, and the latest in therapeutic approaches. You simply will not find this level of holistic care in a nursing home.

What are the cost differences between the two types of care?

Nursing homes are typically more expensive than memory care facilities because they cater to a wider range of concerns and medical needs and are not solely focused on memory care. Tomball, Spring, and Houston families can expect to pay upwards of $7,756 per month for a private room in a nursing home. You can expect to pay much less for dedicated memory care.

Memory care facilities cater specifically to those who have been diagnosed with dementia, providing an expertly-staffed, highly secure environment in which residents can live comfortably.

Conversely, nursing homes offer a more comprehensive range of medical services than memory care facilities and address a greater variety of medical conditions. This makes nursing homes a better fit for those who require more medical attention – but it does come at the cost of increased expense. While both options provide comprehensive care for their residents, understanding what your loved one needs is the most important element in selecting the right fit.

Regardless of the type of care chosen, it’s important to research the facilities before making a selection. Assess each facility or community on its own merits and review for quality, cost, and services offered. Doing thorough research will help ensure that your loved one receives the best possible care in their new home.

Both nursing homes and memory care provide skilled nursing care, but the focus of each type of facility is different.

When seeking memory care for a loved one, it’s important to consider the differences between nursing homes and memory care facilities. As noted above, nursing homes are more general in their approach to skilled nursing, providing services that address a variety of needs within one facility. A memory care community like Proveer at Northgate serves the Tomball, Spring, and north Houston areas and specializes in memory-related issues while still offering many of the activities and services provided by a nursing home such as meals and medication management. In addition, health professionals experienced in memory-related conditions are onsite to provide support and guidance.

Proveer at Northgate is here for your family

Allowing your loved one the best possible level of memory care means taking a closer look at both types of facilities to determine which is the right fit. With Proveer at Northgate, residents and their families can be sure that their loved one will receive the best level of care and attention in a dignified manner. Our state-of-the-art community offers 24/7 supervision, safety monitoring, and personalized therapy plans designed to meet your loved one’s needs.

Our team of highly trained professionals is dedicated to providing quality care and emotional support that is tailored to each individual. We understand the importance of preserving the connection between our residents and their families, and we strive to make sure everyone feels comfortable and secure in our community. Contact us today for more information about how Proveer at Northgate can provide compassionate memory care for your loved one.


We understand that selecting memory care for a loved one is an important decision.

We are here to help every step of the way. You can be sure that your family member will receive the highest quality of care and attention in a safe and supportive environment. Contact us today.

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