If you are considering memory care for your loved one, you know there are many options to select from – so much so that the choice can become overwhelming. Caring for an individual with Alzheimer's disease or dementia requires specialized care in a secure environment, different from a typical assisted living community. It is important when visiting these senior living communities you ask clarifying questions to help you understand what life would be like there on a day-to-day basis.
To help you determine if a community is a right fit for your loved one, we have put together a memory care checklist for you to use on your visit to a community. These questions will assist you in your decision process.
- Do they offer other services besides memory care or is the whole building licensed for memory care?
- How is the building laid out?
- Are the residents’ rooms private or shared?
- How easy are the rooms to find?
- What are the physical security measures? (locked doors, checkpoints, video monitoring, etc…)
- Is the whole building wheelchair accessible?
- Can the community care for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia?
- If not, at what point is a resident asked to leave?
- Does each resident have an individual, written care plan?
- What medical care does the community offer?
- When are health assessments completed? What do they involve?
- Do the residents have any personal security devices, like a call pendant?
- Are the floors non-slip?
- What safety features are present in the residents' bathrooms?
- How often are staff checks completed?
- Are the common areas well lit?
- How is the food?
- How do they handle dietary restrictions?
- Do they accommodate personal food preferences?
- What activities happen on a daily basis? On a monthly basis?
- Do they support other areas of wellness? (social, spiritual, etc…)
- Is the community pet-friendly?
- How do they incorporate things residents love?
- Do they offer exercise classes or walking clubs?
- Are the doors labeled in a way residents can understand?
- What is the furniture like in the common areas?
- How does it smell?
- Is the community clean and well kept?
- How is the color palette of the community?
- Do the team members have specialized training?
- How does the staff interact with residents?
- What is the ratio of staff members to residents?
- Is there a RN, LPN, or CNA on staff? On call?
- How does the staff deal with challenging behavior?
While this is not a complete list, this is an extensive one that will aid you in picking the right memory care community for your loved one. We would love to have you visit one of our communities. Find your local Oaks Senior Living community to get started.