Beginners Guide: How to Choose the Best Memory Care Center for Your Loved One
The onset of memory issues in loved ones can be deeply painful to watch, especially as the quality of life continues to decline. As these kinds of challenges worsen, it may be appropriate to consider a residential memory care center.
While passing the caregiver role onto a third party isn’t always easy, this can be the best possible way to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of those you love most. Here’s what you need to know before choosing a facility specializing in dementia care.
Visit in the memory care facility in person
All memory care centers are not made equal, so it’s extremely important that you visit, take tours, and see facilities, amenities, and opportunities for yourself.
Virtually all memory care centers are happy to show prospective families around, so do not be afraid to schedule a visit. While on the premises, do not feel limited to the center’s pre-set tour route; reputable facilities will be willing to show you anything you’d like to see.
As you move around the center, check to be sure patient rooms and common areas are clean and well-maintained, the food appears filling and appetizing, residents have access to plenty of activities, and coverage of care is sufficient. If you’re still weighing your choices, consider asking about:
- Care specific to your loved one, like help with mobility challenges or secondary conditions, like incontinence
- The frequency of laundry and housekeeping
- Facility security
- Rates for private or semi-private rooms
- Medical emergency protocols
- Discharge procedures
- Any other specific questions or concerns relevant to the care provided
Ask About Staff Experience
Memory care can be a challenging field, even for qualified and educated caregivers. When evaluating memory care centers, it’s critical that all staff members are properly trained in working with residents with varying severities of dementia, ranging from initial onset to late-stage symptoms. As conditions like Alzheimer’s disease tend to worsen, your loved one will likely need more care over time, not less.
When speaking with staff members, do not be afraid to ask about years of experience, skills, and education in the memory care field. Golden Pond staff members are all highly trained for memory care and are happy to discuss their qualifications with you.
Do Your Homework
A thorough facility tour and staff interview process is a good start, but additional research can be a benefit. Before choosing a facility, take time to do your homework. Read reviews online, speak to others who have placed loved ones in facilities you are considering, and ask for opinions and references from medical professionals working in geriatrics. When it comes to the well-being of those you love most, there’s no such thing as too much research.
Making the decision to place your loved one in a memory care center is difficult, but the right facility can make the transition as comfortable as possible.
By investing time and energy into center tours, staff discussions, and adequate research, you can be sure you’re making a positive decision.
The Meadows at Golden Pond is a premier destination in Colorado for assisted living and memory care. If you are seeking a caring, compassionate resource for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or age-related dementia, we are here for you. Contact us today to learn more.