How To Identify A Good Memory Care Facility
If you are currently looking for a good memory care facility for your loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, you probably feel overwhelmed by the features and services offered by the homes in your area and you surely find the task of evaluating the available options confusing. To help you with the process of finding the right home, here are some tips for you.
Look Online for a Licensed Facility
The internet is a great source of information when it comes to researching memory care homes as well. Memory Care facilities and the Assisted Living Castle Rock homes that have memory care units usually have their own websites, so you can start with a simple query composed of the term “memory care” followed by the name of your town, city, neighborhood or geographical region. You can also check your state’s general website to locate facilities or you can conduct a search based on your zip code. Visiting the website of the agency or organization that oversees the licensed memory care facilities in your region is also a good idea – they usually maintain a list with all the facilities in your area. In the next phase, you should take the time to visit each care home website, checking, first of all, for information regarding the licenses as well as for the services provided and the facility’s general approach towards care and attention.
Ideally, the care home where your loved one will move is located close to where you live or where you work, that way, you will find it easier to visit.
Visit Multiple Facilities
Call the facilities you find suitable based on your preliminary research and schedule a visit to the home. During your visit, see as much of the place as possible – walk the halls, ask to be showed a room or two, time your visit to be able to take lunch there to have the opportunity to check the quality of the meals and talk to residents as well as to care staff. If possible, get into touch with a family member of a resident – they are usually great sources of reliable information.
During your visits, try to find out as much as you can about the qualification of the staff. Ask questions about how many people work in each shift, what the staff-to-residents ratio is. The costs are also important – ask about the rates associated with the different levels of care, about how often they change their fees and also find out about whether there is an entry fee or any additional charges that you should prepare for.
Come Back for Another Visit with Your Loved One
If your loved one’s condition allows, schedule another visit with your relative coming along, too – involving your loved one into the process will make the transition to the new environment easier and it might help you come to a decision that is acceptable for your loved one as well as for you as the caregiver.