July 12, 2021
If you’re visiting memory care facilities, a checklist can help. A list lets you easily compare each memory care facility on the same set of features. And that can help you feel confident that you’ve made the right choice.
As you set up tours, also prioritize the features most important for your loved one’s care. As a start, we’ve provided a list of common memory care features. Use this list to guide you as your loved one makes the move to memory care.
Caring staff that understands memory disorders can make all the difference. You’ll want to ask several questions about staff and the care they provide. This is especially true if your loved one has special care needs beyond memory care. Care services should be personalized. They should also follow a written care plan designed for your loved one.
When it comes to staffing and care, ask about:
Health care services and help with daily living are essential. But the additional programs provided by the memory care facility are important too. Special therapies and social activities support well-being. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, cognitive and social activity specifically benefits your loved one’s brain health.
When it comes to additional programs, ask about:
One reason families choose a memory care facility is safety. For instance, the National Institute on Aging says it’s common for those with memory disorders to wander. As you tour a facility, pay attention to security. You’ll want to know how the facility helps prevent accidents and what happens in an emergency.
When it comes to safety, ask about:
Lastly, make sure your list includes questions about cost. Every memory care facility has its own fee structure. Some may provide a flat rate, while others charge for each service. Even more, focus on value. What are you getting for your monthly costs? You don’t want to end up with minimum services that in reality fail to meet your loved one’s needs.
When it comes to finances, ask about:
Overall, your family knows your loved one the best. You may think of other questions or features for your list. If your loved one has a special need, don’t be afraid to ask. By thinking through your loved one’s needs and making a list, you’ll feel more prepared at each visit. And that can certainly make your decision easier.
Signature Pointe provides life-affirming care to enrich the lives of our residents. We have the staff, services, and safety needed to provide warm, personalized care for your loved one. Learn more about our memory care services and set up a tour today.
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