What Is Memory Care for Seniors?

Memory care communities provide a safe, structured environment with set routines and specialized care and programming designed to lower stress for people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Care teams provide meals and help residents with personal care tasks, just like you find at an assisted living community. But they are also specially trained to deal with the unique issues that often arise because of dementia or Alzheimer’s. They check in with residents more frequently and provide extra structure and support to help them navigate their day.



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What Sets Our Alzheimer’s Care Program Apart?

At The Cottages of New Lenox, our comprehensive Memory Care program emphasizes Charter Senior Living’s core belief that people living with memory loss can enjoy meaningful, fulfilling lives. We strive to provide them with everything they need to ensure they flourish. In fact, it’s this goal for residents that inspired the name of our Dementia Care program – Flourish℠ Memory Care.

Our Dementia Care Helps Residents Flourish.

Flourish℠ is rooted in the belief, and supported by leading-edge research, that people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can grow and flourish whether they are in the early stages or later stages of memory loss.

Our experienced care teams are specially trained to help residents gain a sense of purpose and success. Whether it’s helping them select a shirt to wear, assisting them in combing their hair or helping them with a craft project, we do everything possible to ensure our residents flourish in our care.

Memory Care at The Cottages of New Lenox at a Glance.

  • Individualized, person-centered care and support 24/7
  • Expert caregivers who assist with activities of daily living and personal care, such as dressing, bathing and medication oversight
  • Purposeful neighborhood design features the latest technology, safety and services
  • Private suites and bathrooms. (View floor plans)
  • Beautifully landscaped, secure courtyard and walking path
  • Multiple activity spaces and lounges for programming and socializing with friends, family and staff
  • Sensory rooms for calming serenity
  • Exclusive Flourish℠ Memory Care programming
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Experience the Flourish℠ Program Difference

Flourish℠ Memory Care is an exclusive dementia care program based on best practices in memory care from the most respected thought leaders in the industry. Flourish℠ Memory Care promotes self-esteem while minimizing loneliness, boredom and potential challenging behaviors through:

VELOCITY — A consistent offering of traditional activities that appeal to the seven core areas of programming. Velocity is our daily activities programming that sets the speed and direction for our residents’ days.

OSHIBORI EXPERIENCE — A daily routine activity that provides a consistent reminder for mealtimes while providing aromatherapy.

GRAB-AND-GO NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVITIES — Impromptu small-group activities specialized to individual needs.

S.T.A.R. — Specific Therapeutic Assisted Recreation is a family-oriented program that allows our families to bring in personal, reminiscent-type items to share with their family members.

REST AND RESTORATION — An intervention program led by care staff that provides stimulation and redirection with four sensory components including audio, video, engagement and comfort interventions.

For more information on our exclusive program, fill out the form above to DOWNLOAD OUR FREE FLOURISH℠ MEMORY CARE PDF. 

Frequently Asked Questions


The higher level of care and supervision in an Alzheimer’s residential care home comes at a price. On average, Assisted Living costs $4,000 a month, and memory care adds another $1,000 to $4,000 a month. Costs vary from state to state and are impacted by the level of care provided.

At The Cottages of New Lenox, our monthly rates start at $7,550.

How can I decide between Assisted Living and Memory Care?

Assisted Living and Memory Care senior living communities provide many of the same services, including housing, meals, and help with bathing, grooming, and toileting. However, memory care communities or neighborhoods that specialize in caring for seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss feature services and amenities that prioritize the quality of life for a person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

In top-tier memory care communities, environmental security is a key design feature. To prevent wandering, many communities are equipped with locked entrances and exits, as well as keypad entries, obscured exits, and doorbells signaling entering and exiting. To avoid injuries from falls, dementia care communities feature designs that minimize confusion. In addition, they offer calming therapies in soothing spaces. This can help reduce agitation and confusion that can lead to aggression or self-injury.

The staff in dementia care communities are also specially trained in care planning for those living with memory loss. The staff understands how to effectively prevent and manage difficult dementia behaviors. They also understand the balance of encouraging residents to stay as independent as possible while providing the support they need. Many communities, including Charter Senior Living, have a higher staff-to-resident ratio than assisted living, which allows for more one-on-one attention throughout the day.

Does Medicare cover Memory Care?

Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans generally will not pay for room and board or personal care in a memory care community. They will, however, pay for the medical care the facility provides. Veterans benefits typically help cover the cost for eligible veterans and surviving spouses who are over age 65.

Is Memory Care right for my loved one?

When considering moving your loved one to a senior living community that specializes in dementia care and Alzheimer’s disease, there is much to consider.

  • Are they in the early stage of the disease, or do they need the long-term care provided in nursing homes?
  • Will they have the support they need?
  • Will they be safe, happy and content?

To help you understand what is available in Alzheimer’s Assisted Living communities and how they can benefit a person with dementia, visit our blog: Discover the Difference of a Memory Care Specific Community.

Contact us today to learn if The Cottages of New Lenox, located in Will County, is a good fit for your loved one.