Choosing the right memory care facility for a loved one can be an overwhelming task. You may feel guilty and upset about having to help them move into a memory care facility in the first place, and you’ll probably be worried about their care. Because of this, it’s important to take your time in choosing a facility to ensure it’s really the best fit for your loved one. To help you get started with the process of choosing a memory care home, let’s discuss a few things you should look for in potential facilities.
For starters, it’s important to ensure the facility can accommodate people at all levels of dementia. Because dementia is a progressive disease, this is absolutely crucial. This will ensure that no matter what level of care your loved one needs, they’ll be able to get. Additionally, it’s important to know who is in charge of assessing the residents’ health and cognitive function. Once you know this, it’s a good idea to speak to that person directly if possible and find out how each resident’s formal plan of care is created.
Next, you should ensure the facility has sufficient safety features. Safety features may include lighting in the hallways and common areas, non-slip floor surfaces, and security alarms to ensure residents don’t wander off without a staff member.
Along with safety features, it’s important to ensure the facility is set up to help residents feel comfortable and be able to orient themselves. Doors and rooms should be labeled clearly and the facility should be generally pleasant and clean.
Additionally, it’s important to understand the level of training and experience the staff members have. Staff members should not only have adequate training, but they should also be kind and attentive to each and every resident. You should ensure there are enough staff members for the number of residents living there.
Lastly, it’s important to make sure your loved one will be happy there. Adjusting to an assisted living home can be difficult and it’s important that the staff members are able to engage residents in activities that they enjoy. It can be extremely beneficial for your loved one to remain active and social when they move to their new home. In fact, a study done in 2008 shows that senior citizens who had the highest level of socialization experienced memory decline at half the rate of those who had the lowest level of socialization.
This process won’t be easy, but hopefully, this article has given enough information to help get you started. Your loved one deserves the best care possible and it’s important to ensure they’re going to have staff members who are able to provide that care.