2024 Edition: What To Look For in a Memory Care Community

Monday, January 15, 2024

It’s a new year, and perhaps you’ve decided that 2024 is the year to look into memory care for a loved one. Maybe you saw them struggling during the holidays, or family changes such as a move are coming to your life. No matter your circumstances, you want to feel prepared and educated as you make a choice about memory care.

Here at Bridges® by EPOCH, we know that navigating the journey of finding the right memory care community for your loved one can be overwhelming, but it’s a crucial step in ensuring their safety, comfort and well-being. In this guide, we’ll outline the key factors to consider when selecting a memory care community so you can make a decision that aligns with your loved one’s unique needs.

Expertise in Memory Care

When evaluating a memory care community, prioritize those with specialized expertise in dementia and Alzheimer’s care, like Bridges® by EPOCH communities. Look for specially trained staff who can handle the unique challenges and opportunities associated with memory loss, ensuring your loved one receives the best possible care.

Safe and Secure Environment

Safety is paramount in a memory care community. Ensure that the community is equipped with secure entry and exit points, as well as measures to help prevent wandering. Familiarize yourself with emergency protocols and the overall layout of the community. Additionally, the community should be designed to support those with memory loss.

Individualized Care Plans

Each resident in a memory care community has unique dementia symptoms and care needs. A quality community will create customized care plans that address your loved one’s specific requirements, adjusting the wellness plan as their condition changes.

Engaging Activities

Mental and physical stimulation are crucial for those with memory loss. Look for a community that offers a variety of activities tailored to residents with dementia. Engaging programs can enhance their quality of life and help slow cognitive decline.

Nutritious and Varied Meals

A well-balanced diet is essential for overall health, especially for individuals with memory issues. Inquire about the community’s meal plans, ensuring they accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences.

Compassionate and Well-Trained Staff

The staff’s demeanor and level of training are key indicators of the care your loved one will receive. Seek out communities where staff members are not only well qualified but also compassionate, treating residents with respect and empathy.

Family Involvement and Communication

A transparent and open line of communication between the memory care community and the family is vital. Look for a facility that encourages family involvement, provides regular updates on your loved one’s well-being, and invites family participation in care decisions.

Clean and Comfortable Living Spaces

The living environment should be clean, comfortable, and well maintained. Take note of the overall cleanliness, accessibility, and the atmosphere of the community to ensure your loved one feels at home.

Medical Support and Services

Confirm that the memory care community has access to medical support and services. This includes regular health assessments, medication management, and the ability to handle emergencies effectively.

Positive Community Reviews

Research the community’s reputation by reading reviews from current and former residents and their families. Personal testimonials can provide valuable insights into the daily life and experiences within the memory care community. We are proud that our Bridges® by EPOCH communities are consistently highly ranked for their excellence.

Memory Care at Bridges® by EPOCH

Choosing the right memory care community is a significant decision, one that requires careful consideration and research. Fortunately, our dedicated memory care communities that are purposefully created for a rich lifestyle can provide a perfect solution for your loved ones. Find a community near you, and give us a call to schedule a tour.

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