Making the decision to move your loved one to an assisted living center
can be difficult. However, it may be time to look for an
assisted living location when your loved one begins to require continuous care that your
family struggles to provide. You may wish to explore multiple assisted
living locations in your area before making a decision. When you tour
these locations, consider the following factors.
Assess Your Loved One’s Medical Needs
Before you can choose the right assisted living center for your loved
one, you will need to carefully consider his or her needs. You could consult
your loved one’s physician to discuss the type of care he or she
requires. For example, if your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
or another form of dementia, he or she should be in a memory care location.
This type of home-like environment may also provide care to individuals
with hearing loss, vision loss, and mobility problems.
Consider Whether Meaningful Recreation is Available
Your loved one’s quality of life is likely a high priority for your
family. In addition to considering whether his or her medical needs will
be met at a particular location, determine whether social and recreational
activities are available. Unfortunately, some assisted living centers
only offer activities designed for busywork. Exceptional memory care locations
will offer a full schedule of meaningful activities, such as gardening
Evaluate the Accommodations
As you tour the memory care location, evaluate the accommodations to determine
whether they provide both safety and comfort. Individuals who require
memory care may wander, which means magnetic door locks are essential.
The location should offer 24/7 security and staff availability. It should
also offer a state-of-the-art fire protection system. Next, consider whether the
location provides a home-like environment, rather than an institutional setting for your loved one. Your loved one
should have a spacious, clean, and comfortable bedroom, along with plenty
of sunshine-filled areas for walking and visiting with family members.
The assisted living centers of Avalon Memory Care are a home away from
home for individuals with dementia and other impairments. We provide intensive
dementia care, including bedside care for Alzheimer’s patients in
Fort Worth. To schedule a visit to our home-like locations, call (214) 752-7050.