This is a really good question, and if you’re ever faced with making the difficult decision of choosing a memory care community for a loved one it’s important to know they’re not all the same. Here are some things to consider:
- Experience. Memory care takes special dedication and the kind of knowledge that comes with years of taking care of people with all kinds of dementia. Look for this level of expertise. CountryHouse has been caring for those with dementia and their families since 2005, and many of the staff members have been there since the beginning.
- Specialization. While the license is the same, assisted living for memory care is different from other assisted living. Some providers offer both, while others also include independent living and nursing home care. Stand-alone memory care communities are able to focus on just that. They’re also usually smaller, which helps to foster more personalized attention. At CountryHouse, memory care is all we do.
- Philosophy. In general, assisted living falls into two approaches: a medical model or a social model. How can you tell the difference when it comes to memory care? A medical model provider will focus primarily on health care and security features designed to control behaviors (wander guards, alarms, etc.). A social model provider emphasizes activities and choices that enhance quality of life. The social model at CountryHouse helps residents feel at home, with an emphasis on living as normally as possible and a wide variety of activities, exercise, and daily bus trips.
- Cost. For most people, this is one of the first questions asked. Since there are many different ways to charge for assisted living, it’s important to find out what the price includes and what services cost extra in order to make comparisons. Does the cost increase when more health care is needed? CountryHouse’s rates are all-inclusive; there are no level-of-care charges.
- Transition support. It’s hard to make a move from living at home with family care to a memory care residence. Are there short-term options, such as daytime or overnight stays? CountryHouse offers both, along with monthly caregiver support meetings, educational programs and other family support services.
- What do their customers say? Ask family members about their experience. CountryHouse is happy to provide testimonials from their families. Just ask!
Have a question about Alzheimer’s or dementia care? Call Nicole at (308) 381-1988 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.