When a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, families are often faced with difficult decisions. One of the biggest decisions is often related to a timeline – when will we know it’s time for a memory care community? The important question to answer is how much assistance your loved one really needs, and whether that can be realistically provided at home. If it’s clear that a memory care community is the best option, the next question looms – how do you find the right home? Syncare Memory Suites understands how daunting this task is, and we’re sharing 10 questions you should ask when you consider memory care communities.
Before you begin touring homes, take time to truly assess your loved one. Considering his or her needs, abilities, and preferences will help you narrow down your search. Your assessment should include:
If you’re fortunate to have a number of memory care communities to consider, keep in mind that location should be key to your final decision. It’s not just a logistical consideration, although staying close does make the physical move easier. Proximity to your loved one ensures he or she will be more regularly exposed to familiar faces. Even as memories fade, staying close and involved with your loved one in the memory home community makes a big difference.
Your answers to the questions posed above will help you make a decision about an appropriate level of care, living arrangements, and type of community. Once you’ve created a short list of three to five options, it’s time to schedule tours. Of course, more questions may arise as you visit, and your personal circumstances will dictate the information you need.
Use these 10 questions as a starting point, and do your best to take note of the replies so that you can fairly compare communities.
As you visit, pay attention to the residents, the staff, and the community. Ideally, you’ll see staff interacting with residents respectfully and with patience and care. Do residents appear engaged and accommodated? Are they able to move about the community, in and out of outdoor spaces in a way that is safely monitored? Does the home appear well maintained and easy to navigate? Are there any unpleasant odors or noises? What’s your gut feeling? Consider the home’s personal care philosophy – do you see evidence that it rings true?
Finding the right memory care community for your loved one isn’t easy, and it’s normal to have many questions. At Syncare Memory Suites in Minnesota, we understand the task you must face, and we’re here to help. If you have questions about specialized memory care home like ours, or about memory care communities in general, contact us today.