Finding the Right Memory-Care Community
When a person is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, his or her family and friends are affected, too. There are lots of important and sometimes difficult decisions to make about daily living and long-term care. And when it’s time to consider a residential community, the value of that decision becomes even more amplified because no two memory-care communities are the same.
So how do you make the right decision?
Assess the Need
Does your loved one require around-the-clock supervision? What kind of assistance is needed: help with mobility? meals? hygiene? Is cognitive disease-causing aggression or other behavioral issues that need to be considered carefully managed? What health care support services are needed?
Assess the Community
Visit residential communities that specialize in memory care. Take notes. As you tour the grounds, what do you notice about the residents and staff? What’s the mood? Do you see evidence of care with dignity and respect?
What are residential rooms like and how are they laid out? What are the dining rooms like? What options exist for socializing, pursuing hobbies, engaging with memory-care specialists? Does the community appear safe and clean? What philosophy does the community’s administration and staff use to engage with residents and their families?
To help you get the most out of your visit to residential communities, we offer the following checklist. Use it to get the most out of your visit and then again to compare one community to another as you make your decision.
- Is the community close enough to you to allow for easy visits?
- Is the surrounding area safe and free of crime?
- Is the community located near medical facilities?
- Do the facilities and grounds offer a sense of intimacy and serenity?
- Is the community well maintained?
- What interior and exterior amenities are available?
- Are personal apartments private and inviting, offering plenty of natural light?
- Are the bathrooms easily accessible and equipped with safety features?
- Are outdoor areas secure?
- Are interior doors locked and a system in place to alert staff if a resident wanders?
- Are smoke detectors and a sprinkler system in place?
- Is there a 24-hour emergency response system?
- Does the activities program support those with memory loss?
- Are activities personalized to fit residents’ interests and needs?
- How many different kinds of activities are available and when are they available?
- Do staff members assist with and participate in activities?
- What therapy services are offered?
- Can the community accommodate residents’ changing needs?
- Does the care team include geriatric physicians, therapists, social workers, nurses, and other disciplines, all available onsite?
- Are team members trained and qualified to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia?
- What is the staff-to-resident ratio?
- Are background checks completed for all staff?
- Do caregivers interact with residents in positive, respectful ways?
- How do team members communicate with family and other visitors?
- Are meals prepared for each resident’s needs?
- Are finger foods served for residents who have difficulty using utensils?
- Are staff members available to assist during dining?
- Are healthy ingredients used in meal preparation?
- Do the chefs regularly include input from residents and their families in menu creation?
- Does the community include a salon or barber?
- Is transportation available for doctor visits, shopping, and planned outings?
- Are moving services available?
- What other services are available?
Management and fees
- Who owns and manages the community?
- Are the owners and/or administrators available to answer questions and address concerns?
- What is included in the daily room rate?
- What entrance fees, deposits, and rate increases will the community assess?
Your Visit to Parc Provence
We hope you will consider Parc Provence as you make your decision about memory care. We’d like you to meet our staff and tour our apartments and community spaces. And we’re ready to answer your questions. We know how important this decision is.
For more than 14 years, Parc Provence has been a leader in residential memory care. Our person-centered dementia program has earned the highest credentials, as have our team members. In fact, we are pioneers in caring for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. And we are proud to serve families from across the United States.