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Questions to Ask Regarding Memory Care Services

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When it comes to finding the right memory care community for your loved one, questions about the costs and services provided may come to mind. But, memory care communities offer a range of services, some of which might be more important to your loved one than others.

If you are considering memory care for your loved one, understand that many assisted living communities offer a special memory care unit (SCU) on a separate wing or floor. Or, you can choose an independent memory care community – just remember that memory care is specialized skilled nursing distinct from assisted living. Care costs are generally higher at these communities, even if the memory care unit is part of an assisted living facility.

Regardless of whether you choose a memory care facility or SCU, know that staff members have received special training to assist people with dementia or impaired cognition. Common services include 24-hour supervised care, medical monitoring and assistance with daily living tasks, in addition to a pleasing environment that is easy for residents to navigate.

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Memory Care Community

As you search for memory care communities, you will eventually come up with a list of your top choices. It is important to take time to tour each one, if possible. Ask questions of staff and other families whose loved ones reside at the community, to determine if the community is the right fit for your loved one.

Here are some questions that you may want to ask memory care communities you’re considering:

1.    What level of care does the community provide?
2.    What type of training has the staff received?
3.    What is the monthly rate for housing and care? What services does that rate include?
4.    Are rooms private or semi-private? How do prices vary for each?
5.    What level of personal assistance can residents expect?
6.    What is the policy for handling medical emergencies? 
7.    How is the community secured?
8.    What meals are provided? Are special dietary requests, such as kosher meals, accommodated?
9.    How often are housekeeping and laundry service provided?
10.    What programs (exercise, physical therapy, social and other activities) does the facility offer?
11.    Does the facility accommodate special care needs, such as diabetic care, mobility issues, physical aggressiveness or wandering?
12.    Are residents grouped by cognitive level?
13.    What is the ratio of staff to residents during the day/night?
14.    How does the facility communicate with families about a resident’s well-being?
15.    What is the discharge policy?

Families making care decisions about loved ones far away may want to make sure they know where a community is located and perhaps consider travel costs.

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2 thoughts on “Questions to Ask Regarding Memory Care Services

  1. Thanks for helping me understand that dementia senior care services would usually be higher for communities that provide those services. I have to share this information with a friend of mine because she mentioned considering that type of care for her grandmother. The symptoms of her grandmother have started to show in the past few weeks, and she just wants to make sure that she is safe if it is really her situation right now.

  2. I find it interesting when you say that there is a separate wing or floor when sending a loved one to a dementia care center. I will share this information with my mom so that she knows what to expect from my grandmother. My grandmother just needs to be in a facility like that because it would be safer for her, since we are away most of the time due to errands and more.


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