As you decide on a memory care community for your loved one living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it may be difficult to pick the right one. On the surface, many communities may appear to be remarkably similar and offer the same services. It is important while you are visiting that you ask clarifying questions, questions that will help you decide whether this community would be a good fit for your loved one.
To help you on this journey, we have put together a checklist for you to use on your visit to a memory care community.
- What services are offered at the community? Is it only memory care?
- How is the memory care area laid out?
- Do they offer private resident rooms?
- Are the residents’ rooms easy to find?
- What are the resident safety measures in place?
- How wheelchair-friendly is the community?
- Is the community capable of caring for people at all levels of dementia?
- Does each resident have a formal plan of care?
- In addition to non-medical care, what does the community offer?
- At what point can the community no longer care for a resident?
- How often are health assessments completed? What is involved?
- Do the residents have any personal security devices, like an emergency pendant?
- Are the floors non-slip?
- How often do staff members check on residents?
- How well-lit are the common areas?
- What training do the staff members receive on an ongoing basis?
- What is the staff member ratio to residents?
- Is there a LVN, CNA, or RN on staff? On call?
- How does the staff interact with residents?
- How do they deal with challenging behavior – like aggression or mood swings?
- Do residents appear to enjoy the food?
- Does the community accommodate dietary restrictions?
- How does the community incorporate personal preference?
- What activities do they do to support the other areas of wellness?
- Does the community use pet therapy?
- What do they do to encourage residents to do things they love?
- How often are exercise classes held?
- What activities happen on a daily basis? On a monthly basis?
- Are the door signs easy for residents to understand?
- How is the furniture in the common areas?
- How does it smell?
- Is the community well-kept and clean?
- How is the color palette of the community?
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 Franklin Park community to get started.