It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the increasingly difficult needs of a loved one with memory care needs. As dementia progresses, round-the-clock care is often necessary, which can be very challenging for caregivers.
In this situation, it's a good idea to look into memory care center options. When you do, come prepared with a list of questions.
Here are six memory care questions that ensure you find the right care for your loved one:
1. How does a memory care center differ from other types of senior living communities?
Many memory care centers are purpose-built for individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's. Unlike other general-care communities, a dedicated memory care center focuses on taking care of those with memory loss. These facilities focus on providing a secure and safe environment designed to reduce the dangers associated with common dementia behaviors, such as wandering. Additionally, many communities group residents into specific villages so that those with similar need stages stay together. This helps staff more effectively address their particular needs and challenges.
2. What kind of care is provided in a memory care center?
For many families with loved ones in memory care, communities offer the option of a private or semi-private room. The right community should be clean, safe, secure, and home-like. Many provide 24-hour supervised care, assistance with bathing and hygiene, and medication management. Community staff will also help your loved one get dressed if needed, and there should be routine laundry service. Furthermore, you should be able to personalize their room with family photos and other treasured keepsakes.
3. does staff undergo Training so they know how to deal with my loved one's disease?
There are excellent behavioral, environmental, and programming strategies and tools that deliver a high level of care to dementia patients. First, look for a center where staff undergoes rigorous training in dementia care. Additionally, the community should offer continued education programs to reinforce and update staff skills. Finally, make sure that staff treats residents like their own beloved family members.
4. Will my Loved One's Needs be Met?
To meet your loved one's specific needs, develop a personalized care plan with the staff. Then, revisit the plan periodically to stay involved in your loved one's care One way to do this is to make unexpected visits to see what's going. You may also want to find out whether the center offers programs for the entire family, as these can be both educational and comforting.
5. Will my loved one be isolated and alone?
Typically, communities have a common room where all residents can be together. Additionally, a good memory care community will provide a wide range of activities that entertain and stimulate the brain including art, music and other activities. Talk to the activity director and ask about the programs offered for your loved one's particular cognitive level.
6. What about meals?
Regular meal and snack times with healthy and appetizing food are typically provided with considerations for specific dietary restrictions. Make sure you are welcome to share mealtimes together with your loved one. Also, make sure the staff properly monitors your loved one's eating habits. They should also be able to help with feeding, if that becomes necessary.
Have other memory care questions you want answered? Please contact us today to schedule a no-obligation tour and a chat with a Director at the community nearest you.