When it comes time to consider a memory care community for yourself or a loved one, the choices can be overwhelming. Chances are, at this time in your life there is so much running through your head that you don’t have the time to think about what you or your loved one may desire most in a memory care community, let alone come up with questions to ask during a visit. At CountryHouse, we know how difficult this time can be, and we want to make it easier for you.
According to Tammy Cahill, Sales & Marketing Manager, at CountryHouse, a memory care community in Granite Bay, CA, being prepared with a list of questions can make choosing a memory care community easier. “We know that a lot of the time, caregivers don’t have the time to come up with a definitive list of questions to ask during a visit or tour, leaving many to just visit and then make a decision.” says Tammy. “Sometimes this can end well, but other times it can lead to unnecessary overspending, unhappiness and regret that could have been prevented all along.”
What can be done when you don’t have the time to do the research? That’s where we come in. Below is a common list of questions to ask when visiting memory care communities. Remember, this list is only a guideline to help you and your loved one find the best fit. Try to come prepared with a list of your own questions, or use this list to help guide you.
- What is the environment like? Do the grounds seem to be clean, well-kept and taken care of? What about the inside? Are the floors and rooms clean? Does it feel warm, comfortable and just like home? If so, look deeper to see how you fit within the community. Do you feel like you are welcome and feel at home?
- Are the residents and staff happy? Do the residents seem happy and comfortable? Do they interact with the staff? Do the staff members seem friendly and genuine? Talk to everyone from residents to staff, as they are the best indicator of community life and can help you get a feel of the overall mood of the community.
- What’s the deal with dining? Talk to the staff to see how many meals are offered per day. Can they meet specific dietary plans and restrictions? Ask the residents how the variety is. Have a few meals to get a taste of what the community has to offer.
- Do they have a variety of programs? Join the residents for some of their programs and activities. Do they have a good variety of programs to meet different interests? Ask for a calendar or a general overview of what they do on a daily basis.
- What are their care levels? What is included? Are residents grouped together based on their cognitive abilities? How far does their extent of care go and what is included in the cost? Depending on what is included or isn’t, you may be paying extra.
- What is the surrounding community like? If you or a loved one prefer to live in the country or the bustle of the city, it’s important to keep that in mind. If they prefer the quiet, see if there are options to relax, such as a spa or enclosed courtyards. If you or a loved one enjoy outings in the city, you won’t want to live at a community in the country, unless they provide transportation, of course!
- How much does it cost? As one of the biggest concerns for those looking to move to a memory care community, it’s important to ask what the cost will be. If you or a loved one might have trouble paying, ask if there are any types of aid available to offset costs.
Making Memory Care Decisions Easier.
At CountryHouse, we want to make this experience easier for you and your loved one by providing an easy-to-use checklist of what to ask when visiting memory care communities. Click below for our downloadable checklist.
Treating people like family is at the heart of what we do.
CountryHouse at Granite Bay is the very first CountryHouse location in California. With a desirable location among Folsom Lake and the Sierra foothills, and only 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, Granite Bay was the perfect area to place our upscale memory care community. While CountryHouse at Granite Bay may be brand new to California, we are certainly not new to the needs of seniors. And just like every CountryHouse around the United States, we know that personalized care can make all the difference when it comes to quality care and peace of mind.
At CountryHouse, we provide personalized memory care in an environment that is beautiful and thoughtfully designed. Full of natural light, warmth and tasteful elegance, we want residents and their families to feel welcome and at home. In fact, our staff members are even hand-picked based on their natural empathy. Our staff learns each resident’s story, from their likes and dislikes to their values and their pasts, in order to customize care and make meaningful connections that provide residents with true moments of joy and the desire to make the most of each day.
With our LifeCycles wellness programming, we encourage residents to connect, engage and enjoy every day. Our LifeCycles programming is designed to focus on the four dimensions of wellness: physical, social, spiritual and intellectual. We achieve this through a range of daily activities and routines, which can include daily bus rides, cookouts, trips and other special events. At CountryHouse, we strive to make sure our residents make the most of each day, and we believe that when you treat people like family, and keep that at the heart of what you do, residents, their families and their health thrive. Contact us to learn more!
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CountryHouse is part of the Agemark family of senior living communities.