Memory care can be a challenging need for families. If you have a family member struggling with the signs of dementia or if they have had a diagnosis with this condition, compassionate care is essential. You want your loved one to have access to all the comforts, resources, and help they need. To find a place that is right for your family member, there are some important questions to ask when exploring memory care options.
What Type of Care Does the Community Provide?
A person with dementia can struggle with cognitive impairments such as memory issues, behavior challenges, and cognition. When you can no longer give a family member enough support at home, a memory care community may be necessary. You will want to ensure that the community you choose has an adequate level of care for your loved one’s needs.
AARP states: “Memory care is designed to provide a safe, structured environment with set routines to lower stress for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Employees provide meals and help residents with personal care tasks, just like the staff at an assisted living facility, but they are also specially trained to deal with the unique issues that often arise as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s.”
A reputable memory care community will provide nutritious food, engaging activities, medical monitoring, and 24-hour availability. Consider the severity of your family member’s condition and make sure the community provides the right daily care.
What Type of Training Do Staff Members Have?
As you explore potential memory care communities, ask about the training that all employees receive. The community should have onsite nurses and other medical professionals, as well as housekeeping personnel, dieticians, and activity specialists. Every employee should have proper credentials and relevant certifications to do their jobs. The community should thoroughly train all staff on everyday duties which includes safety training.
How Secure Is the Community?
Other questions to ask when exploring memory care options involve safety. A safe environment is crucial to the well-being of a memory care resident. As you look at different memory care options, focus on places that have tight 24/7 security, a fully enclosed courtyard and other areas for exercise, and rooms that minimize hazards. For example, memory care communities usually don’t have cooking appliances to keep residents safe. However, some residents will have a microwave and fridge in their rooms.
What Programs Are Available?
Your loved one needs to have access to a variety of daily activities. Staying active mentally and physically can help your family member cope with the challenges of dementia. Choose a memory care community that provides regular exercise opportunities, social interactions such as games, and enjoyable entertainment options.
When it is time to give your family member more support for their dementia, the right memory care community can provide a good quality of life. Not all places are equal, however. As you consider and ask these questions, you can have peace of mind that qualified professionals will oversee your loved one’s health needs.
If you’re looking for a community that would care for your loved one like one of their own family members, schedule a visit at a Grand Brook Memory Care community today.