When a loved ones day to day existence is limited by memory impairment, there are a lot of tough decisions to make. Not only can the intimacy between family and friends be stressed, but the basics like grooming and housekeeping can become unmanageable. When the care a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory challenges requires becomes greater than you can provide alone, it may be time to look for residential care specially designed to meet his or her needs.
The search for the right residence can be difficult both logistically and emotionally for you, as well as for your loved one. As the Alzheimer’s Foundation notes, An individual with dementia may not be able to fully appreciate the nature of the event or the long-term implications of placement.The process will be much quicker and easier if you enter in to it with the right information at hand.
Some of the most important information you can have is a full physical and mental evaluation of your loved one by a trust physician or specialist. In order to find the right residential setting, it is important to know exactly what degree of care he or she may need, and if any special medications, therapies, or activities will be required. It will also help if you prepare a list of questions in advance to use as you interview different communities. We recommend inquiring about the following aspects of residential care:
- How stringent are the background checks for the staff? Do they have any special training or certifications for memory care?
- Is the community designed with the unique needs of memory care residents in mind, both in terms of safety and reducing stress?
- How easy will both the location and the communities approach make it for you to be involved in your loved ones care and regularly visit?
- What will the residents day be like? Will there be a routine and activities that have a positive effect on their condition? Will there be enough stimulation and individualized care?
At Regency Retirement Village of Jackson’s Renaissance Center, we believe that that people with memory impairments function better in an environment of simplicity, with less confusion and a structured routine. We offer safety and security, with around the clock staff, and an enclosed courtyard that lets residents enjoy the outdoors while protecting against wandering and elopement. Our philosophy is to recognize the abilities and accomplishments of each resident through individualized activities and compassionate care.