What to Look for in a Memory Care Facility
Posted by Mike McQuinn on April 1, 2015 | no comments
Finding a senior living center and memory care facility for a loved one is often challenging and emotionally overwhelming for many families. Whether your loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia or if they are simply struggling to care for themselves seeking out a memory care facility is a way to keep your mind at ease while ensuring they are cared for at all times.
Care and Services Offered
Any time you are seeking a memory care facility for a loved one it is important to discover the type of care and services that are provided for anyone who is living in the center or home. Research official websites, read reviews and consider taking tours of the memory care facilities which are close and appealing to you to better understand the quality of life that is offered to patients who are living full-time within the facility.
Some memory care facilities provide medical professionals, doctors, therapists and nurses to carefully look after patients while also working with any disease, illness or diagnosis patients have individually. When you want to ensure your loved one is well taken care of it is important to ask upfront about the various care options you have based on the needs your loved one has with their every day life. Caring for a patient with a memory illness or memory loss often requires assistance with bathing, getting dressed, preparing meals and even taking medications which is why it is imperative to understand what is provided at each care facility you are interested in.
Activities and Social Opportunities
Finding a memory care facility that offers activities and social opportunities is also imperative if you have a loved one who still enjoys conversation and living an active life with others, both physically and socially. Some memory care facilities host gaming nights, walks and even trips to various locations to explore surrounding areas and venues depending on the current progress and diagnosis of your loved one and their ability to complete everyday tasks.
Finding a memory care facility that is local or nearby is also important if you plan to visit your loved one frequently. Visiting a loved one frequently while they are in a memory care facility is a way to help improve memory and cognitive function while also giving comfort to anyone you care about in your life.
Insurance and Credibility
Always be sure to review the insurance each memory care facility carries as well as their own certifications and credibility. Read reviews and testimonials from families who have utilized the facilities in the past to find the most fitting location to place your loved one regardless of their condition and abilities. Inquire about insurance and employee certification prior to selecting the memory care facility that you want to designate for someone in your life.
Consider pricing of memory care facilities as well as your options with the insurance your loved one has to determine whether or not the location is affordable and suitable. Be sure to inquire about all of the care that is provided with the cost of the memory care facility as well as the coverage you are able to receive with any insurance policy that is currently in place.
Conducting a bit of research on various memory care facilities that are most suitable for your loved one is a way to find relief while also providing the necessary support for those you care about most. With enough understanding of what to look for in potential memory care facilities the transition from everyday life to moving to a care facility becomes much easier to cope with when helping a family member that is dear to you.