Senior woman looking at photos with her daughter. It can be confusing knowing when the right time to make the transition from Assisted Living to Memory Care, but knowing the signs of memory loss can help.

Easing the Transition from Assisted Living to Memory Care

Bethesda Health | February 20, 2018

Communities that offer both assisted living and memory care under one roof are a relatively new option in the senior living continuum of care.

This option is particularly beneficial for individuals who are experiencing the early stages of memory challenges because it provides the ability to transition to a similar residence with additional security and supportive services when those challenges escalate.

Bethesda Hawthorne Place offers both assisted living and memory support,” said Lea Ann Coates, residency counselor. “When a resident makes her or his home with us, our staff gets to know their individual routines. Our care partners know when forgetfulness begins to impact a resident’s ability to remain safely in assisted living. We look for the changes in the senior’s daily behaviors, and we share our observations with the family when something seems off. Together, we determine if moving to memory support in a secure environment is the best option.”

When to Transition from Assisted Living to Memory Care

Knowing the signs of dementia or memory loss can help you determine when it’s time for your senior loved one to make the transition. However, according to Lea Ann, the staff at Bethesda Hawthorne Place looks for the following signs in their senior residents. Documenting these changes in behavior helps determine the need for a transition from Assisted Living to Memory Support:

Continuum of Care at Bethesda Hawthorne Place

When Assisted Living residents are making a transition to Memory Support at Bethesda Hawthorne Place, they will move into our dedicated Memory Support neighborhood.

Memory Support at Bethesda Hawthorne Place offers a secure environment, where individuals with memory challenges receive additional prompting and direction to complete activities of daily living. Team members undergo specific training to recognize hallmarks of a dementia-related diagnosis, such as increased confusion or exit seeking, and have the skills to re-direct individuals to a more comforting or purposeful activity.

Other Features of the Bethesda Hawthorne Place Memory Support Neighborhood include:

For more information on Bethesda Hawthorne Place and to schedule a tour, contact Lea Ann Coates at 314-853-2551 or by email at

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