With so many options, it can be a daunting task to choose the right memory care community in Texas. To help make the process a bit simpler, we have compiled a list of some of the key factors to consider as you begin the process of finding a memory care home for your loved one.
Expertise and familiarity with Alzheimer’s and dementia care
When comparing memory care facilities, look at each facility’s specialties of care. For example, some communities specialize in memory care, while other senior living homes may be more geared towards assisted living. Ask questions of the staff to get a sense of their experience level, knowledge and character. Keep in mind that you aren’t only looking for a home that will serve the current needs of your loved one; but be aware of potential future needs as well and make sure the community is equipped to meet them.
Key questions to ask:
- Is the community equipped to prevent wandering and other unsafe behaviors associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
- Does the community provide therapeutic or rehabilitative support?
- Are residents encouraged to be active?
- What is the staff turnover rate, and how often are staff training and education updated?
- What is the ratio of staff to residents, and does it vary nights, weekends or holidays?
Quality of care
To evaluate the quality of care at any given community, don’t just speak to administrators and staff but also to other residents and their families. Visiting the community at different times and on different days to eat meals and participate in resident activities will help you get a sense of culture and lifestyle of that particular community. In addition, pay attention to the cleanliness of common spaces and resident spaces and assess which features you like between each community.
Key questions to ask:
- Does the residence provide a safe space for residents to enjoy the outdoors?
- Are there a variety of organized activities throughout the day to support the different needs of memory care residents?
- Is the community certified and licensed?
- How does the community manage medications?
The decision to move your loved one to an assisted living or memory care home is never easy and can be an emotional process. These questions will help you begin the process of finding the right memory care home for your loved one. To narrow down the list of options, take your time in familiarizing yourself with each community and getting your questions answered.