Finding the Right Memory Care Community for Your Loved Ones

Finding the Right Memory Care Community for Your Loved Ones

A son spending time with his dad at Heather Glen Senior Living.

July 29, 2022

When a loved one is diagnosed with a form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, one of your first reactions is inevitably to begin looking into different senior care communities that would be best equipped to care for your loved ones—perhaps in particular, communities that also specialize in memory care

At Heather Glen Senior Living, our community’s memory care program has a dedicated team of professionals that work diligently to ensure that your loved ones are experiencing the care and support they need during this time. With a focus on the physical, spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and environmental aspect of wellness—each individualized care plan will take into consideration the thoughts and inputs of the resident, their family members, caregivers and staff to ensure that they are getting the best support possible, no matter what. In order to find the perfect community for your loved ones, it’s important to know as much as you can about the community and the staff—so read on to see a few key questions you’ll want to keep in mind. 

What kind of care does my loved one need?

Before you can truly begin finding the ideal memory care community for your loved one, you’ll want to start by identifying what sort of care they need by assessing what behaviors your loved ones are showing. Are they showing any aggression or agitation? Do they often seem to wander off? Can they walk independently? Do they require 24-hour care? All of these questions are crucial to know beforehand so you can easily begin checking off which memory care communities meet all of your needs. 

How does the team prioritize each resident’s sense of self?

When you have a loved one that has been diagnosed with a form of dementia, there may come a time in the process of finding a memory care facility that you may worry that the team will see your loved ones simply for their disease instead of the person they truly are. Something to this effect can truly be disheartening for both the residents and their family members, so it’s especially important to find a memory care community that will make their residents feel seen at all times and never forget the individual interests and thoughts that they have. 

Is residential independence a priority?

No matter what sort of care community your loved one needs, having a sense of independence will always be a top need for them. When it comes to Alzheimer’s, or a similar form of memory loss, allowing residents to do as much as they can for themselves as is possible, our team members at Heather Glen Senior Livings are helping them keep a sense of self even when their memory loss starts to progress. When you focus on finding a memory care community that understands the importance of safely balancing independence into their daily routine—this could be a huge deciding factor of which memory care community you choose to go with. 

Ensure that the transition is smooth

At Heather Glen Senior Living, we understand how hard it can be at the beginning when starting the transition to senior living. If you’re interested in learning more about how our team can help make your loved ones feel at home right away at our senior living community—give us a call at (610) 841-4478 or fill out our online form today. 

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