How to Choose The Right Memory Care Community
Choosing a memory care community for yourself or a loved one is one of the most important decisions you will make. With no shortage of options, you’ll need to ensure that you are asking the right questions and prioritizing your loved one’s needs throughout the entire process. While we understand that the process of searching for and choosing a memory care community may be overwhelming, we are here to help.
These few tips will hopefully ease your worries during the process and help you find the perfect community for your loved one.
Start the process early
If you begin to notice early signs of dementia in your loved one, it may be the right time to begin your search for a memory care community. When searching for a community, it is very important to focus on your loved one’s input. If able, talk to them about the type of environment they would prefer, the location of their preferred community and the types of activities they would enjoy participating in. As their condition worsens, these inputs may later become your guide when making decisions on their behalf.
Understand their needs
It is very important to understand the level of care your loved one will need. With most cognitive impairments like memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s being progressive, meaning that they will, unfortunately, get worse over time, it is important to find a community that can meet the needs of your loved one both now and in the future.
Before touring any communities, we suggest sitting down with your loved one or family members to make a list and prioritize the type or level of care your loved one will need.
Take a tour
Touring a memory care community will not only give you an idea of their atmosphere but will also give you a chance to see or interact with staff and residents. Be sure to pay close attention to the community’s engagement levels with residents as well as the types of activities and therapy they offer.
Compare activities and programs
You’ll want to make sure the community you choose offers all the activities and programs your loved one will need to stay engaged. Every community offers different programs, so it is important to understand each one individually. For example, Prestige Senior Living offers our award-winning Memory Care program, Expressions. This program is designed to make our residents feel accepted, important and comfortable while focusing on the well-being and enrichment of those we care for.
In addition to a tour, you’ll want to speak with the staff. Just as we suggest creating a list of care needs before your tour, we also suggest creating a list of questions to ask the community you are touring. Questions related to staff certifications and training, security and safety measures, on-site transportation, communication methods, and additional fees/services are all helpful.
Narrow down your choices
Before making a final decision, narrow down your options to the top two or three communities to review with your loved one. If you still have questions or concerns, always feel free to reach back out to the staff. There is nothing wrong with requesting a second tour or following up with additional questions after narrowing down your options. Also, be sure to check out reviews of the communities you are considering online.
At Prestige Senior Living, we believe that our resident’s well-being is directly related to how they feel and interact with the world around them, which is why our Expressions Memory Care program is designed to nurture mind, body, and spirit. Throughout everything we do, we strive to foster a sense of independence and belonging.
Learn more about our memory care program and find a community near you to schedule your virtual tour today.