July 12, 2021
Choosing the right memory care facility for your loved one is a big decision. You want to find the community that best fits his or her needs. Whether you do a virtual tour or in-person visit, take the time to think through what features are important to you.
Many families like to make a list of must-have ahead of time. This can help you more easily compare options. To help you get started, we’ve listed some of the most common things to look for as you compare memory care options.
Supportive, trained staff can help your loved one thrive. Start by getting to know the types of staff in the memory care facility. And ask about how this team of caregivers works together to create a care plan specifically for your loved one. Above all, you want your loved one’s health care needs to be met by the location.
Some features you might compare in staffing and care include:
Another feature of each facility to cover is safety. For example, the National Institute on Aging says many people with memory conditions have problems with wandering. So you’ll want to take note of how the facility keeps your loved one secure. Be sure to ask each memory care facility about processes designed to prevent wandering or accidents.
Some features you might compare in safety include:
The cost of care is an important factor for families. But make sure you understand what is—and isn’t—included. Specifically, you want to focus on the value for your money. A memory care facility may have additional fees and charges on top of a monthly rate. In that case, the lowest-cost option may not truly provide the most value to your loved one.
Some features you might compare when it comes to finances include:
Finally, you’ll want to get to know about the activities, therapies, and services provided at the memory care facility. These activities go beyond just meeting your loved one’s basic health needs. And they can benefit your loved one’s overall well-being. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association says staying active cognitively and socially benefits brain health.
Some features you might compare in the areas of therapies and activities include:
In the end, your family may want to add other must-haves to your list. You know your loved one’s needs best. So make sure the memory care facility provides care that feels right for them. With your list in hand, you’ll have the details you need to compare each memory care facility equally. Then, you can make your choice with confidence.
Monticello West has been the go-to memory care facility in Park Cities for over 30 years. We have the staff, services, and safety needed to provide warm, personalized care for your loved one. Learn more about our memory care services and set up a tour today.