Looking at memory care nursing homes for your loved one can be a trying time. Beyond the emotional toll watching your loved one struggle with memory loss can take, it can also be intimidating to try and sift through the different homes and determine which is the best fit.
In order to empower you to make the best decision for you loved one, we have put together a short list of questions you can ask when talking to representative from each memory care nursing home. By following this guide, you will gain a better understanding of whether or not the facility is right for you.
- How much and what type of training does your staff receive?
Only around 40% of assisted living residences have skilled care. While this is not too worrying for a home in which the residents are largely independent, skilled help is vitally important for memory care residents. Those caring for your loved one understand the challenges of memory care, as well as the best ways to mitigate the effects of memory loss.
- How much social opportunity will residents have?
Socializing is necessary. It helps prevent isolation and depression. But for those with dementia and other memory related illnesses, it is even more beneficial. That is because the more social integration a person experiences, the slower the effects of dementia will be, according to a 2008 study. Make sure the facility you choose provides ample opportunities for your loved one to socialize.
- What sort of activities are provided?
Even when your loved one needs the extra assistance of memory care, you want to ensure they are able to continue enjoying their life to the best of their ability. That is why it is important to ask what sort of programs are being offered. Activities can include crafts, physical activities, music therapy sessions, and more.
- Is the facility secure?
Secure units are vitally important for memory care. The more dementia progresses, the more likely patients are to wander. The extra security precautions prevent patients from injuring themselves while still allowing for some autonomy.
Your loved ones deserve the best care possible. If they are no longer able to care for themselves, then you owe it to them to find the best memory care home. Hopefully, this post has offered some tools to help you do so.