Memory Mondays: Questions to Ask Memory Care Communities

Determining which questions to ask memory care communities can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You undoubtedly want to find the right memory care community for your loved one, but arriving to that decision isn’t simple.

More likely than not, questions about costs and services come to mind as you consider memory care communities. You may not even be entirely sure whether a memory care setting is appropriate for your loved one.

As you search for memory care communities, it’s important to understand the different types available. Many communities offer a special memory care unit on a separate wing or floor, as is the case at The Clare. There are also buildings dedicated to memory care alone, rather than housing multiple levels of care.

In either case, you can rest assured that staff has received training specific to care for those with dementia or cognitive impairment. Typical services include around-the-clock supervised care and assistance with everyday tasks in easy-to-navigate environments.

Once you compile a list of your top choices, schedule tours for each one. While touring, be sure to ask staff and other families who have loved ones living at the community the following questions. These are sure to help you figure out if the particular community is the right fit for your loved one.

– Does the community offer various levels of care? In memory care, are residents grouped by their cognitive level?

– How has the staff been trained? What is the ratio of staff to residents?

– What is the cost per month for housing and care? Which services are included in the cost?

– Will your loved one stay in a private or semi-private room? What is the price for each?

– Can personal assistance can be expected for residents? If so, how much?

– How are medical emergencies handled at the community?

– How does the community maintain security?

– What is the dining program like? Does the community accommodate special dietary restrictions?

– What programming does the facility offer?

– Does the community accommodate special care needs in addition to memory care specifically, like diabetic care or mobility issues?

– How is communication with family handled?

– What is the discharge policy?

Of course, there are many other questions to ask memory communities that may come to mind as you explore your options. It ultimately comes down to what’s most important for loved one and your family.