When is Placement Needed?

December 19, 2014

For those with dementia each journey is unique and individual. Some are able to remain in their home with services and family support while others find their needs may be best met within an assisted living facility.

Families often ask, “How do I know when it is time to seek placement?” The answer to this question varies from family to family and is often based on existing support systems and financial, emotional, physical and spiritual conditions. When families question placement we can help.

Emerald Crest’s team of professionals can help answer you questions and assist in facilitating a smooth transition when care at home is no longer the best option. Below is a questionnaire to use when you are determining the best placement option. You can also contact us directly at 952-908-2215 with any questions you may have.

“Having Mom at Emerald Crest has meant having the assurance that she is cared for in a safe, loving, nurturing environment. It means that all her needs are managed and coordinated by a variety of professional staff whose focus is on the residents. Safety is primary at Emerald Crest.” - Dorothy Ellerbroek

Facility Questionnaire:

Even when circumstances make the decision inevitable, there are many considerations. Here are some questions to ask before selecting a memory care facility.

 Yes  No
     Is memory care education mandatory for all staff?
     Are staff pleasant and encouraging to residents?
     Are belongings safe and available for personal use?
     Is the facility convenient to family and friends?
     Are state inspection reports favorable?
     Is the facility clean and free of unpleasant odors?
     Are residents clean and well groomed?
     Are the services covered by Medicare or Medicaid?
     Does the food look to be of good quality?
     Are special diets available?
     Do families of residents have positive comments?
     Is the staff-to-resident ratio acceptable?
     Is the facility calm and restful?
     Is the facility on a quiet street?
     Is the environment secured?
     Do residents bring their own furniture?
     Does the facility have an awake night staff?
     Are residents personally invited to activities and meals?
     Have measures been taken to ensure safety?
     Are the units on one level?
     Are there circular areas for wanderers?
     Are visual cues used to orient residents?
     Are there private rooms?
     Does the facility prohibit restraints?
     Are activities appropriate for memory loss residents?
     Is private space respected?
     Can friends and relatives visit any time they want?
     Are religious services available?
     Are most residents alert and engaged in activities?

(Worksheet can be printed either before or after checking boxes.)

A more detailed planning document is also available: Choosing and Financing Memory Care: Checklist and Questions. This is a helpful set of tools anyone can use when comparing memory care options.

For additional resources on selecting a memory care facility, check with the Alzheimer’s Association or log on to www.alz.org.

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