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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for Memory Care

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for Memory Care

When a senior’s dementia requires more support than loved ones can provide at home, families often search for a memory care community. Designed to allow those with dementia to live their best life, these programs combine security with life enrichment.

If you are beginning to explore nearby options, we have some tips to help you make an informed choice.

Choosing a Memory Care Community for a Loved One

As you search for memory care communities, avoid the following common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Not touring the community, even virtually

Online research and phone calls can help narrow down your choices. You can gather necessary information, such as pricing and availability. But it’s important to see the community in person, if possible. If not, ask the staff to conduct a virtual tour so you can see the community and view life enrichment activities in progress.

Mistake #2: Making location the only priority

While important, being able to easily visit your family member shouldn’t be the only factor. From security and quality of care to meals and life enrichment activities, there are many equally important criteria. Finding a memory care community that aligns with your hopes and goals for the senior is vital.

Mistake #3: Failing to ask about team member training

Working with adults who have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia requires specialized training. Knowing how to communicate with someone who has impaired verbal skills, for example, is essential. So is knowing signs that the senior might not be feeling well. Be sure to ask each community about the type and frequency of training memory care team members undergo.

Mistake #4: Neglecting to check state survey results

Assisted living communities, a category which most memory care programs fall under, are licensed at the state level. Each state has their own rules and regulations. Surveyors routinely visit communities to evaluate compliance. They may also make visits if a complaint is lodged against the community. These results are available for public review, either online or at the community. Visit the National Center for Assisted Living to learn more about your state’s regulations and processes.

Mistake #5: Not learning about the philosophy of care

Every memory care provider has a unique mission and philosophy of care. As you are getting to know each community, ask about theirs. For example, how do they get to know residents? What programs do they have in place to nurture the resident’s body, mind, and spirit? How do they help families stay connected with their loved ones?

Memory Care at Five Star Senior Living

Avoiding common mistakes families experience during this search might prevent multiple moves. Call us at (853) 457-8271 to learn how Five Star communities provide a safe, nurturing environment for adults with dementia.


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