Updated: Jan 21, 2020
When you are looking for a senior living facility do not assume that memory care is an option at every place you look. Some places have a memory care floor or section but many do not. If you or your loved one do not have a need for memory care assistance at this point it is extremely important for you to consider that may change over time. If you choose a facility without a program and then you or your loved one develop issues and need one later you will have to move to an entirely different place. Moving an elderly person from one facility to another is very stressful for a variety of reasons.
One of the biggest would be transitioning from one familiar environment and set of caregivers to another unfamiliar one and for people suffering memory issues that can be extremely scary. The stress of moving a loved one and the additional fees and cost that can be incurred would be very difficult as well. The best scenario is to find a place that allows the person to transition to another level of care easily if necessary.
When looking for a good living arrangement there are many things to consider of course but when you are considering memory care needs make sure to learn about the facilities accreditation and their certification. You want to make sure that there are required safety and quality issues in place for residents with any cognitive issues. All facilities are not certified but the ones that are will show an increased training in memory care which will include a more detailed program including treatment and services provided to patients in their programs.
Transitioning to a memory care unit or facility can be very tough for everyone and especially for the people who have to assist with that decision. It is always a good idea to discuss these possibilities early and often over time before you really need to make decisions. This can help them warm up to the idea and get them thinking about things way in advice. As a caregiver, it is easy to feel guilty about having to make these decisions but try and keep in mind that finding a good memory care facility can help make your loved one safer and actually improve their cognitive issues and provide a better daily living experience for them. It can also allow family members to be healthier and less stressed out and allow them to be a bigger emotional support to their loved one when they are together.