Choosing a Memory Care Facility for a Loved One
About Memory Care Facilities
Memory care communities are specialized long-term residential facilities. They take care of people who have Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory issues or cognitive impairments.
Memory care facilities can be special units within assisted living communities or they can be independent facilities.
Places that provide residential memory care are not all the same. They may differ in the services they provide, in their overall atmosphere, in their costs, and in how well they can take care of the particular needs of your loved one.
Finding the Right Facility for Your Memory-Impaired Loved One
To find the best facility for your loved one, take tours of several communities so you can compare them. Talk to management, staff and family members of the residents. Be sure to observe and ask questions about these important aspects of life in a memory care facility:
- What are the living conditions like?
- How big are the rooms? Are they private or semi-private?
- Where are meals served? What is the food like? Can special dietary needs be accommodated?
- How often are rooms and common areas cleaned?
- How often is laundry done?
- What activities are available for residents?
- What is the level of staffing?
- What is the ratio of staff members to residents at different times of the day and night?
- What kind of specialized training do staff members have?
- What are the policies concerning care?
- Is there 24-hour supervision?
- What is the level of medical monitoring?
- How much assistance is provided for tasks of daily living?
- How does the facility handle medical emergencies?
- If your loved one has special needs, such as mobility limitations, behavioral issues or diabetes, can the facility accommodate them?
- What is the discharge policy?
- What are the costs?
- What is the total cost for the room and services?
- Are there different rates for different types of rooms?
- What is included in the cost? What is not included?
Being observant and asking these and other questions will help you find the best facility for your loved one.
Hopefully, the facility you choose will provide the consistently great care that your loved one deserves. But if you ever have a problem with the way your loved one is being treated – if you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected – call Garcia, Artigliere & Medby at 1-800-281-8515 to speak to an elder abuse attorney.