When we are faced with the devastating diagnosis of dementia, it is hard for a family to know what to do and which way to turn. The options are overwhelming, and every situation is unique.
Some families continue care at home which can work for a while. Some incorporate an outside agency to help in the home. But this disease is insidious, and in most cases, these solutions are temporary only buying time for the family to make additional decisions. Giving care to a person with memory loss is difficult and can be daunting and wearing for the caregiver. As the person with the memory loss progresses into the disease, the family may want to consider looking for advanced care for their loved one.
Here are some facts to consider when looking at a memory care facility. Is the facility licensed and certified? Are the resident’s room semi-private or private apartments? What is the cost per month? What does the monthly payment cover? Are there interventions in place to cope with residents who are at risk to wander? What types of activities are offered? Is the same activity offered to the entire group regardless of their cognitive ability or are the activities individualized? Is the family welcome to visit at random and can they be included in activities? What is the feeling you get when you visit each memory care unit?
These are just a few of the many important things to consider. This decision is not an easy one and there are many choices to be made. Ask many questions and visit several places. Do not hesitate to visit several times at different times. You need to know in your heart that you are leaving your loved one in the best place for them and your family. In the end the care should not only include the resident but the family as well.