The decision to move your loved one from your home into a setting where he or she can receive professional care for escalating memory-related concerns is never easy.
Yet, once the decision is made, many find the move to assisted living memory care to be a welcome transition for all involved. You will soon see the opportunities your loved one gains, from socialization and activities to more independence due to having professional assistance nearby at all times.
Three Elements to Finding Quality in Memory Care Living
An important task in choosing the right accommodation is finding quality care for your loved one’s Alzheimer, dementia or other memory-related concerns. When gauging the quality of care, keep in mind these three elements: commitment, compassion and connection.
1) A strong commitment by staff
The commitment of the community and its staff to the well-being and overall care of each resident is critical. A part of that care is developing a robust program within the community to allow residents to share in events, classes and interactions with others.
- Ask about the staff’s training – especially all special training devoted to caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
- Discuss the ratio of staff to residents as well as the number of staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
2) Compassion throughout the community
The training and commitment of the staff reflects the overall level of compassion that is the foundation of an assisted living memory care community. Dementia takes a toll on families, not just individuals. A well-prepared staff understands what the family has been through and understands the resident is still capable and has a passion for living life. That passion can be maintained in a setting of care and understanding where each resident enjoys the highest possible level of independence.
Compassion includes not just treating symptoms, but caring for individuals. Explore the one-on-one interaction available in the memory care center. What activities and interactions are happening to keep the mind and body active?
3) A connection you can feel
Finally, can you make a personal connection with the community and its people? Ask yourself, “Do these people understand me? Can I work closely with them? Can I trust them?”
No two cases are exactly alike so care needs to be customized for individual needs and concerns. You should be comfortable in the knowledge that the professionals have and that they have your loved one’s best interest in mind at all times.
Remember to care for yourself too
Statistics show more than 60 percent of family caregivers are under so much emotional and physical stress that they themselves are open to illness – with about 40 percent suffering from depression. If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed as a caregiver, you are susceptible to becoming unhealthy and then will not be able to care for your loved one.
Residents in an assisted living memory care community, like Maine Veterans’ Homes, receive the assistance they require to continue to function on their own while their family is comforted knowing their loved one is safe and secure.
Maine Veterans’ Homes has six locations throughout Maine, each welcoming our honored veterans. We would love to answer your questions or give you a tour. Contact Maine Veterans’ Homes online or give us a call at 800-278-9494.