MemoryCare.com’s mission is to support older adults living with memory impairment and their families by using the latest, data-driven research and collaborating with memory care experts to provide resources that are accessible to all who are in need. Whether you are in the early stages of memory or cognitive impairment or care for a loved one in the later stages, MemoryCare.com has tools that can help.
Name of Business:
Name of Owner:
Shelley Ware, MSW, LCSW
All over the U.S.
What the Business Does:
Memory care facilities provide those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia with care that is tailored to their unique needs. Memory care can take place in its own facility, or as part of a designated wing of another residential care community. Staff members of memory care units or facilities undergo specialized training in caring for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
How the Business Got Started:
Shelley received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Westfield State University and her graduate degree from Springfield College, both in the state of MA. She got her start in the Human Service field out of undergraduate school, assisting mentally ill adults to learn life skills and live independently in the community. Shelley went on to get her social work license while working in an acute care hospital setting. This is where she discovered her passion for the elderly and went on to work in a PACE program, specializing in dementia care, over the next 12 years.
Business Niche or Specialty:
MemoryCare.com uses data-driven research to identify and develop the best resources in all aspects of memory impairment and care. Our research-backed, expert-curated resources can help seniors and their families identify the risks, signs, and symptoms of dementia, find support and care agencies, and learn about cutting-edge, scientific breakthroughs in memory care.
What Sets the Business Apart:
There are More Ways To Pay for Memory Care in Florida
In addition to the state programs, those looking for resources to finance memory care may consider:
Long-Term Care Insurance: Depending on the policy details, long-term care insurance may be used to pay for memory care services. It’s best to sign up for a policy early, as coverage will likely be denied if one already has long-term care needs. More information about the intricacies of long-term care insurance can be found at longtermcare.acl.gov.
Reverse Mortgages: Reverse mortgages allow some homeowners to take out a loan as an advance from the eventual sale of their primary residence. This can be a good way to fund memory care in the short-term, but the loans will need to be paid back after the sale of the home. The most commonly used type of reverse mortgages for seniors is the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, which is the only reverse mortgage insured by the federal government.
Veterans Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs offers several programs that veterans and their spouses may use to cover health care needs such as memory care. More information about these programs can be found on the VA website.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia, and it’s often left to loved ones to become part- or full-time caregivers. Most of these caregivers provide unpaid care, and also juggle other jobs and responsibilities. MemoryCare.com was founded to provide support for caregivers who feel overwhelmed and isolated, as well as those in the early stages of memory and cognitive impairment.
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