Adult Care Homes – Assisted Living – Memory Care
Which is best for you?
Entering into the setting armed with as much information as possible is the best line of defense. This very well may be the hardest decision you will ever make and touring the facilities will help make an informed decision. When touring any facility or program, here are some questions to consider:
- What security measures are in place to ensure safety?
- What happens if my loved one declines in health, either physically or cognitively?
- What will happen when the private funds are depleted? Are there alternative programs to help pay for room and board?
- What types of activities will my loved one be able to participate in?
- Is there any type of rehabilitation program available to help with the decline of activities of daily living?
- What are the visiting hours?
When touring the memory center, be sure that you take note of several key factors that will help the facility become home:
- Do other patients have personal belongings in their room to help remind them of their home?
- Is it clean and free of odors?
- Is the staff respectful to the other residents?
- Do the residents appear neatly dressed?
- Does it appear as if the residents are having a good time?
The transition from home to an Adult Foster Home, an assisted living facility or a skilled nursing facility is sometimes difficult. Do not be surprised if your loved one is agitated, confused and persistent about returning home. This is common and will most likely subside as they become acclimated to their surroundings. Speak with the nurse or administrator about visitation guidelines or suggestions during those first few days. You may find that some facilities will ask that you not visit until the resident has had the opportunity to adjust to his/her new surroundings.
Most memory care centers will not only focus on the well-being of the resident, but also that of the family. Be sure to ask if there is a support group that is hosted at the facility or one which they can refer you to. These groups will help ease the guilt and hopelessness that may accompany the transition. If you have questions about the resources available in your area, contact the Alzheimer’s Association.
Choosing a long-term care setting for your loved one may be the most difficult decision you will ever need to make. We have put this together to help you make an informed choice and find the best possible care for someone suffering from memory disorders. In any case. . . . . .we need to talk. Call 503-639-7157 or contact us by email