What do Families Expect of Your Memory Care Facility?

What do Families Expect of Your Memory Care FacilityWhat do Families Expect of Your Memory Care Facility?

In a blog post earlier this year, we explored the factors that families and potential residents look for when choosing a nursing home. Features included the home’s proximity to Dr.’s offices and shopping centers, status of the current residents, staffing, and facility condition among other things. When it comes to choosing a nursing home that will serve as a memory care facility, resident’s families are understandably pickier about their decision, given the specialized care that their parent or loved one will require.

In order to reduce your nursing home liability risks, and possibly even prevent harm from occurring thus prevent legal claims, it’s important to know what services you’ll be expected to provide when a person’s loved one moves into a memory care facility within an assisted living facility. Below is a brief list, provided by

Heightened Security. Your facility should have specialized staff on hand to gently deal with and re-direct Alzheimer’s and dementia patients if they begin wandering from planned activities or straying too far from their daily schedule. In addition, it’s important that any area that these patients have access to be secure.

Additional Monitoring and Safety Procedures. Many memory care facilities offer medication reminders for their patients. However, some families may prefer and look for a facility that goes a step beyond this, by having a trained staff member or Certified Nurse who can actually dispense medication. In addition, to aid in safety, families look for rooms that are designed in such a way that residents can stay safe while living alone.

Activities Tailored to Preserving Cognitive Function. Memory care facility activity directors should focus on providing an activities program that is designed to help individuals slow the progression of their disease and remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Music and art therapy are frequently uses, as well as social activities within group settings, which many families prefer to see.

These are just a few of the typical expectations the families of your residents and potential residents will have in regards to the memory care facility that their loved one will be living. Other factors that families might look for are how frequent activities are, what types of meals their loved one will receive, and the quality and nutrition of those meals.

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