Looking for a Memory Care Community in the Newton Area
When researching memory care facilities, units or communities for your parent, spouse, or other loved one, consider the following as you search for a safe, caring, therapeutic environment.
Assess your loved one’s needs:
There are a few things you’ll need to know to help you determine if a memory care community will meet your loved one’s needs. Make note of the following, so you can be sure to address them with any potential caregivers.
- Level of mobility (In a wheelchair, walking independently or with a walker?)
- Any behavior issues, such as aggression
- Wandering or exit seeking behaviors
- Is incontinence care needed
- Medical conditions that will need care (Diabetes, dialysis, etc.)
- Would you rather have your loved one in a nursing home, or in a residential community?
Questions to ask memory care communities:
Safety and Security
- Are the building, grounds, and community secured? How?
- Are Residents able to enjoy some freedom, enjoying recreational areas and the outdoors?
- Does the Home or facility use a coded entry system to protect Residents from eloping?
- What kind of training and/or certification does the staff have?
- What are the Resident to CareGiver staffing ratios during the day and at night?
- Does the Home or facility have an on-site Primary Care Practitioner?
- Does the community complete background checks at hire?
- Do Residents have individualized care plans?
- What medical services are available on-site?
- Can they care for Residents who are incontinent?
- Do they care for Residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and/or Parkinson’s disease?
Policies and Procedures
- Do they conduct a free assessment and/or evaluation prior to admission?
- Are there any kinds of care they do NOT provide?
- Do they provide families with regular updates on Residents’ condition and well-being?
- How do they handle medical emergencies?
- What is the fee structure?
Memory Care Therapies
- How is the dining program adapted for people with memory impairment?
- Do they provide music therapy?
- Do they provide pet therapy?
- Do they provide sensory or behavior-based ergonomics therapies?
- Do they provide any other memory care therapies or treatments?
- How do their therapies evolve as Residents’ memory-impairing diseases progress?
Trust your instincts:
After meeting the staff and touring different facilities or communities, take a few moments to reflect on your initial impressions. Consider your overall feeling about the staff and facilities. Do they seem to genuinely care about the Residents? Do they seem knowledgeable about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Do you like their philosophy and methods of care? Will the community be easy for a Resident to navigate, or does it seem confusing even to you?
The answers to these questions will help you determine which place is right for your loved one.