In-Home vs. Senior Community for Assisted Living or Memory Care

The choice is obvious right? Maybe not. Yes, in-home care typically gets the resounding vote with nearly 90 percent of seniors wanting to stay in their own homes as they age according to AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). But, if you look a little deeper you’ll find when it comes to in-home care versus a senior living community each option has some distinct pros and cons.

Why Stay Home?

It’s simple; because it’s home. The place where you’ve built a lifetime of memories, where you’re comfortable and for many, where you feel you belong.

Beyond how your heart feels, there are also a number of upsides to in-home care:

  • Caregiving can be provided by a loved one, a home-care professional or a combination of both.
  • It may cost less than assisted living or memory care and you have the choice of care on an hourly, as needed or a 24/7 live-in basis.
  • There are a range of service options from personal care to household chores, cooking and transportation to even occupational, physical and/or speech therapy.
  • You or your loved one can avoid the stress that may come with a move to an unfamiliar place.
  • You can stay with family members who don’t yet need the same level of care.
  • The feeling you’re maintaining a sense of independence and control.

There are also downsides to in-home care:

  • The strain on your loved one(s) as they manage caregiving responsibilities with their own.
  • The hourly cost of in-home care may be feasible for a handful of hours a day, but costs can spiral quickly as needs increase.
  • While you may think you have more privacy with in-home care, it can actually feel more intrusive for some, particularly others living in the home.
  • Often, safety and accessibility updates become necessary such as wheelchair ramps, bathroom handrails and an emergency response system which create additional costs.
  • Isolation, lack of exercise and lack of proper nutrition are common problems for seniors living at home with intermittent assistance.

Benefits of Assisted Living

Assisted living includes housing, onsite care and support with daily activities while promoting independence and a full life. And once you realize assisted living communities today are nothing like the nursing homes of the past, it becomes apparent that there are, in fact, a number of benefits to this type of senior living.

  • You no longer have to worry about yard work, home maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, transportation or nutrition as three delicious, well-balanced meals a day are provided.
  • From nurses and doctors to any number of caring associates; help is available 24-hours a day.
  • Designed specifically for those with limited mobility, an assisted living community may be more safe and secure than home.
  • When care is needed more often than not, assisted living costs may be lower than in-home care.
  • Often, multiple levels of care in addition to assisted living are on the same campus making it easier to transition as health needs evolve.
  • Social opportunities and wellness are an integral part of life in assisted living with activities, events, outings, fitness classes and amenities such as a pool, walking paths and more.

The biggest downside of assisted living is often the exact reason you don’t want to leave home; that you’ll miss the familiarity, the independence and may have trouble adapting to a group environment where you may even share a room. However, those hesitations may well pale in comparison to the overall improvement in quality of life and the invaluable peace of mind assisted living provides.

Benefits of Memory Care

Memory care is specifically designed to nurture and support those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with 24-hour supervised care. You’ll find all the benefits assisted living provides; memory care may even be on the same campus.

Memory care benefits beyond what you’ll find in assisted living:

  • The staff is specifically trained in providing individualized care and managing behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • The layout is easier to navigate and more secure to help prevent wandering.
  • The environment is soothing often with specific color and lighting usage.
  • Memory care communities provide cognitive therapies, structured activities and even sensory programs to help cognitive function and give residents purpose.
  • Social engagement is key to memory care programs with numerous opportunities to interact.
  • Dining also offers easy to chew options and finger foods to promote independence and comfort.

Limited availability can be a downside of memory care as it’s one of the fastest growing types of senior living. It can also be one of the most expensive care options. Yet, given the expertise, specialized programs and environment dedicated only to helping those with Alzheimer’sthrive, the cost is well worth it.

For more information on the assisted living and memory care options you’ll find at Sonata, call a community near you today or schedule a visit →

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Memory Loss: When to Seek Help From a Professional

Memory Loss: When to Seek Help From a Professional

If a senior you love has been diagnosed with dementia, you’ve probably asked yourself many times how you will know when it’s time for a move to one of central and south Florida’s memory care communities. For most families, it is difficult to even consider turning a loved one’s care over to someone else.

Sometimes families live close to one another and an adult child begins to notice the changes in an elder early in the disease process. This gives them time to plan and prepare for the future. Other times the senior lives farther away. The distance makes it more difficult to detect those early signs that indicate something is wrong. The senior’s disease may be more advanced before their family realizes something is wrong. It’s also important to know that some older adults start to realize something isn’t right and try to hide the changes from family members. So what are the signs that suggest it’s time for memory care? We have a few guidelines you might find helpful.

When to Consider Memory Care for a Senior Loved One

As dementia progresses, it creates a variety of unique challenges depending on what type of dementia the senior has been diagnosed with. Some of the challenges Alzheimer’s disease creates, for example, are difficult to safely navigate at home. Wandering, agitation, and aggression are among them. These are all behaviors that experienced memory care professionals can usually find positive ways to manage.

Here are some other signs it might be time for a move to a memory care community:

  • Becoming disoriented or lost in familiar places
  • Falls and mobility challenges
  • Unintended weight loss caused by a poor diet or lack of interest in food
  • Poor judgment with finances
  • Vision changes, especially loss of depth perception, that are putting the older adult at risk for falls
  • Problems with continence care
  • Stress and fatigue that are starting to cause health problems for the family caregiver
  • Difficulty finding activities that keep the senior engaged in meaningful ways

When you notice more than one or two of these signs in a senior you love, it might be time to consider your options for memory care.

The Support of Memory Care

Memory care programs offer the support a senior with dementia needs to feel successful and empowered. It also gives their family members the peace of mind that comes from knowing their senior loved one is safe.

A few standard features of a memory care program include the following:

  • Life enrichment activities designed to work with the senior’s remaining abilities and help them live more productive days
  • Dedicated dining programs that encourage a senior with dementia to focus on their meal
  • Secure, thoughtful environment that prevents wandering and promotes safety
  • Caregivers who receive additional training on how to support the independence of adults with dementia

Serenades by Sonata Memory Care Assisted Living

Because we want you to make the best possible decision for your loved one, we created Guide to Finding the Right Memory Care Community for Your Loved One. This comprehensive resource discusses every aspect of memory care, from nutrition to costs and financing solutions. Download it with our compliments to learn more.

Guide to Finding the Right Memory Care Community for Your Loved One


Looking for the right memory care community can be challenging. You want to make sure you find the best place for your loved one, while dealing with a range of emotions. The entire family feels the impact when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related form of dementia.

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Top Memory Care Programs Supported by Sonata Communities

Top Memory Care Programs Supported by Sonata Communities

Memory care living facilities are designed to meet the unique needs of seniors with some form of dementia. From dining to life enrichment, a program’s success lies in the philosophy of care and how the details of that philosophy are administered. Serenades by Sonata is an innovator in both.

At Serenades memory care assisted living facilities, our caregivers help resident create meaningful days using  Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC). This program helps a senior loved one with dementia continue to feel connected and engaged with life despite their disease.

Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach™ to Care

Teepa Snow is considered to be one of the country’s leading experts on dementia and dementia care. Her philosophy of care evolved from a lifetime spent working with older adults living with memory impairment. Teepa’s formal education and over 30 years working as an occupational therapist propelled her to create this program.

The PAC approach to memory care follows five basic tenets: Connect, Protect, Reflect, Engage, and Respond. That means each of our PAC-certified memory care specialists focus on the following:

  • Honoring and celebrating the uniqueness of each of our residents and their life story
  • Using positive techniques to encourage each resident to participate and engage with everyday life
  • Encouraging family members to stay involved and teaching them ways to do so
  • Learning how to use positive approaches to redirect challenging behaviors common with dementia

The PAC trainers on our team teach caregivers and families about the physical changes dementia causes to the brain and why tasks that require thinking, reasoning, and processing become more difficult. This helps them understand how to better support a person with dementia.

Because we recognize how important it is for people in the cities and towns surrounding Sonata communities to learn more about dementia, we also offer PAC training to outside groups like emergency services personnel, family caregivers, and others involved in the important work of caring for seniors.

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If you are looking for a memory care community for a senior you love, we hope you will consider Serenades by Sonata in central Florida. Contact us to learn more about the community near you.

Guide to Finding the Right Memory Care Community for Your Loved One


Looking for the right memory care community can be challenging. You want to make sure you find the best place for your loved one, while dealing with a range of emotions. The entire family feels the impact when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related form of dementia.

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Understanding the Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living Senior Communities

Sometimes the search for a senior living community in Florida leaves older adults and their families wondering what type of care they really need. Is one of Florida’s independent living communities the best solution? Or does the older adult require a little more care and support and need the services that are found in an assisted living community? Understanding the similarities and differences between independent and assisted living communities can help you make a decision that best meets your loved one’s needs.

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Senior Living in Florida: Why Communities Need to Stay Current With Technology

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Vero Beach Independent and Assisted Living Acquired by Sonata Senior Living

Orlando, FL — April 1st, 2018 – Sonata Senior Living, an Orlando based owner, developer and operator of senior living communities, officially acquired the community formally known as Brookdale Vero Beach effective April 2nd. The newly named “Sonata Vero Beach” is situated along the beautiful Florida Coast in the town of Vero Beach and will continue to offer area seniors convenience and comfort with all the perks of Florida Living.

Sonata Senior Living is looking forward to bringing its tradition of excellence and elevated standards to the Vero Beach area as the new owner and operator. “We are excited to be part of the Vero Beach community and look forward to offering area seniors an exceptional assisted living option featuring Sonata’s signature “At Your Service” culture and exciting new changes such as 24 hours nursing on site; all for the same competitive pricing.” states Shelley Esden, Chief Operating Officer.

The Sonata Vero Beach community is comprised of 9 independent living villas and 95 assisted living apartments offering a nurturing, homelike environment and an array of hospitality services and amenities. Sonata proudly offers 24-hour licensed nursing, chef-inspired meals and snacks, activity areas, outdoor pool, arts and crafts studio, library and game room just to name a few.

“We are excited to be in the Vero Beach area and look forward to utilizing our expertise to enrich the lives of residents at Sonata Vero Beach,” stated Amy Stephenson, Regional Director of Operations.

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ABOUT SONATA SENIOR LIVING
Sonata Senior Living, based in Orlando, Sonata Senior Living is a privately held owner, developer and operator of Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory care communities located exclusively in Florida. The Sonata Senior Living team is comprised of experienced senior housing executives who have been instrumental in the development and operations of more than 20 Central Florida senior housing communities.

For more information see www.sonataseniorliving.com or call (407) 286-6490

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Florida nursing homes and assisted living now permanently required to have generators to power A/C

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida will now be required to have power generators under new rules signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

The rules require senior living facilities to install generators and fuel to power air-conditioning systems. Lawmakers passed the legislation after 12 residents of a Hollywood nursing home died during power outages in the days after Hurricane Irma passed over South Florida.

Facilities have until July 1 to comply.

“Sonata Health Care applauds Governor Rick Scott for working diligently to protect residents in assisted living communities. With his actions today, the governor has made safety a top priority, especially during times of crisis.

We believe in high standards of care and comfort for our Sonata residents, which include the generators installed at all Sonata communities to ensure our residents are safe when an emergency occurs. We appreciate the Governor’s level of commitment and we are proud to contribute to Florida’s reputation as one of the best states for senior living.”

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About Sonata Senior Living

Sonata Senior Living is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonata Health Care, LLC. Based in Orlando, FL., Sonata is an owner, developer and operator of senior living communities offering independent livingassisted living and memory care. The Sonata team is comprised of experienced senior housing executives who have been instrumental in the development and operations of more than 20 Central Florida senior housing communities.

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