July 12, 2021
As you choose a memory care facility for your senior love one, you probably have many questions. After all, you want to find a place with the right care and support. One great way to get answers to your questions is through in-person and virtual tours.
Before these visits, take time to prioritize the questions and features you want to cover. A complete checklist can help you equally compare each location on the same features. While every family’s list is different, use the following list of questions to help you get started.
The day-to-day caregivers at a memory care facility have a big impact. So get to know who will be caring for your loved one. You’ll also want to find out about the types of care services provided. Not every facility provides the same care. To provide your loved one with care that treats him or her as an individual, talk through how care plans are developed too.
These questions may help you decide if the facility can meet your loved one’s care needs:
When it comes to cost, you may find a range of fees and services. Ask about flat-free pricing. And make sure you understand what is and isn’t included in that fee. While it can be easy to focus on the lowest cost, make sure you consider the actual value you’re getting. Even if it seems like a good deal, that doesn’t matter if the services don’t meet your loved one’s needs.
These questions can help you get to know more about costs of care:
In addition to health care services, each memory care facility also offers help with daily tasks and activities. These services can vary, but they are essential to your loved one’s well-being. You want a place that helps your loved one stay engaged. The Alzheimer’s Association says there are brain health benefits for those who stay cognitively and socially active.
These questions can help you know more about help with daily tasks and planned activities:
Finally, you want a memory care facility that keeps your loved one safe. According to the National Institute on Aging, wandering is a big concern for those with memory disorders. Ask questions about facility security. You’ll also want to consider features that help prevent falls or systems in place in case of an emergency.
These questions may help you learn more about safety for your loved one:
You know what’s important to your family and your loved one. So consider your priorities and add questions to your list as needed. As you tour facilities, write down the answers. This will help you remember the features and compare each memory care facility later. Once you have all the details, then you’ll be ready to confidently make your choice.
Walnut Place provides person-centered memory care that gives you peace of mind. 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.