When your loved one needs to transition to a memory care facility, the choices can seem overwhelming. Due to their condition, there are certain features you need to consider before selecting a residence.
1. Levels Of Care
When possible, you should choose a facility that provides different levels of care based on the needs of your loved one. This will make the transition from home to an assisted environment easier, since your loved one may not need to move again if they experience new limitations. Some facilities have options ranging from apartments to long-term care environments. If your loved one has minor limitations, they can begin living in an apartment and maintain their independence as long as possible. Other considerations might be facilities that allow couples to stay together or those that allow pets. The more flexibility the facility offers, the easier it will be to adjust to new living arrangements.
Security is a major concern, especially for people who are vulnerable. The facility you choose should make it difficult for anyone to enter or exit the building, especially if the facility is an assisted-living environment. Side entrances may be locked after dark, and any visitors may need to enter through the front of the facility and show identification. Other security precautions might include surveillance cameras so that security personnel and medical staff can keep an eye on occupants, and alarms in each residence. Once your loved one begins experiencing significant issues with their memory, you or the facility should consider a tracking device and medical alert button. In the instance your loved one is able to wander away from the facility, they can be tracked quickly.
3. Dining Facilities
Unless your loved one is transitioning into an apartment-style facility, there needs to be extensive dining options. A concern with dementia or related problems is the fire hazard associated with cooking since it is easy to forget food in the oven, or a confused person may place unusual objects in the oven or microwave. Some facilities may not have a stove or microwave in your loved one's room. When a dining hall is available, residents can have all their meals and snacks prepared without the risk of setting a fire. Additionally, extensive dining options may be necessary for residents who do not consume adequate nutrition as their condition progresses or have other dietary limitations. The risk of choking also needs to be monitored as the condition progresses. Eating in a dining hall makes it easier to notice if any resident is in distress.
When your loved one is dealing with dementia or similar concerns, you need to focus more on features that keep them safe, no matter the level of care they need. For more information, contact your local memory care facility today.