Before committing a loved one to memory care, family members need to carefully consider whether it’s the right decision for everyone involved. We understand that it’s a huge decision to make and is one that’s done best with the input and consideration of your loved ones. For that reason, it is usually a decision that should be made as early as possible.
Most families make this decision after realizing that they are not equipped to provide the level of care that their loved one needs. Though the decision may be personal and dependent on the circumstances and situation you may find yourself in, we believe that are some useful questions to consider before choosing the best senior living community for yourself or your loved one. For this reason, we have compiled a list of questions you should always ask when you’re touring memory care facilities in your vicinity.
Consider the Physical Needs of Your Loved Ones
Do your loved ones move around with the aid of a wheelchair or walker? Do they tend to wander about if unmonitored? Do they require assistance with acts of daily living such as bathing, dressing themselves, or grooming? It is important to check whether the infrastructure of their new community can cater to these needs especially since they largely pertain to the safety of your loved ones.
Consider the Medical Needs of Your Loved Ones
This is especially pertinent if your family member has other medical conditions, such as diabetes or have multiple medications that need to be managed. This is because this is an extra level of care the memory care community will have to consider. Whilst most memory care centers have a team of medical professionals on stand-by at all hours of the day, you may also want to consider if they have on-site medical and therapy centers because this can make medical and therapy appointments so much easier for the loved ones. This way, they won’t ever have to leave the community to make sure they get the quality healthcare they deserve.
Consider the Social and Emotional Needs of Your Loved Ones
Another question to consider is how the community will be able to keep your loved ones mentally and physical stimulated whilst also giving them opportunity to socialize with others. Some communities run programs where residents can try out new activities. These are important because they give a chance for your loved ones to form new friendships and have fun.
Memory Care at Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley
When it comes to finding a memory care program that considers all these questions, you can’t go wrong with Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley. Our award winning SHINE® Memory Care program is designed to promote the independence, confidence, and self-esteem of our residents. Our well-trained team of professionals work closely together with our residents to create an individualized program that’s aimed at giving them a sense of autonomy, accomplishment, and belonging. To find out more about our memory care programs, contact us at Rittenhouse Village At Lehigh Valley today.