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When a loved one shows signs of memory-related disease like Alzheimer’s, it can be confusing to find the appropriate care. Finding the right memory care assisted living requires a lot of research and decision-making.

Here are four things to consider when choosing a memory care assisted living residence for your loved one.

  1. Location for Easy Visits: When planning for memory care assisted living for someone very close to you, the first thing that comes to mind is the location of the facility. You want your loved one placed in a facility nearby, where you can conveniently visit whenever you have time.
  2. Cost: Cost is another factor to consider. While you want your loved one to be comfortable in the facility you’ve chosen for them, you also want an affordable facility you can manage to pay for. A manageable cost will allow your loved one to enjoy the benefits offered by the facility. Look for a place that offers all-inclusive pricing to avoid hidden costs for services your loved one needs.
  3. Staffing: Every person reacts differently to their disease. This means they may require special care. A good memory care assisted facility should offer specialized care for people living with a memory disorder, with trained and certified memory care staff on hand to care for and give support, regardless of the stage of their disease. Since they are highly trained, they understand your loved one’s condition and will know how to communicate with them and respond to their behaviors. Besides specialized care, the facility should have other staff to take care of the cleaning, laundry, feeding, and other personal care responsibilities.
  4. Keep Residents Active: The memory care assisted living facility should offer an environment that supports the needs of its residents. It should be a place where your family member can feel at home. It should have activities that engage your loved one’s senses, allow them to interact with the rest of the people in the community, and get them involved in programs customized for the memory impaired.