Choosing a memory care facility for a loved one is a delicate and important decision. What should you look for and how do you navigate this moment in their lives?
Proximity to Family and Friends
The location of the memory care facility is more important than you may think when it comes to the patient’s well-being. It’s not just about family members choosing a quality facility, “but also being there on a regular basis and being very involved,” says Ruth Drew, director of Information and Support Services at the Alzheimer’s Association. Choose a location that will be accessible to as many beloved family members and friends as possible.
Transitions are often difficult for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Look for a facility that can accommodate your loved one no matter how their needs change, such as Reflections Memory Care. Being able to “age-in-place” offers stability for them and for you through the years.
Get a Feel for The Facility On-Site
When visiting a facility, observe how residents spend their time and how staff interact with them. Is there a secure space for residents to walk safely? Are residents’ needs addressed individually or are they expected to fit into the facility’s routine? What activities are planned for residents? Hobbies like gardening or listening to entertainment should be readily available. (Come visit our courtyard to see the beautiful space where our residents can use their green thumbs!)
Meet the Staff
How do the staff respond when a resident becomes disoriented or lost? Are the staff members who work in maintenance, dining, and administration comfortable and trained to interact with those with memory issues? How will the staff communicate with family members and how often? Find additional questions to ask at Alzheimers.net.
Talk to Other Residents’ Families
Ask other families on the floor about their experiences and see if they have a feel for things like staff turnover, amenities, and resident engagement. And the one question that may be overlooked but matters a lot: how’s the food? At Reflections Memory Care, our meals are nutritious, prepared by trained chefs using whole foods, and are made from scratch throughout the day.