As the average life expectancy of Americans grows, the prevalence of elderly people living with Alzheimer’s disease increases. Outside of living a healthy life, there are no known cures for Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, you can improve your loved ones’ golden years by placing them in high-quality Alzheimer’s care facilities.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
All elderly care facilities advertise being good places for elderly residents to settle down. Reading a brochure or information sheet about these facilities often won’t assuage your concerns about finding a good fit for your loved one. Assisted living homes should be happy to answer your questions. With your loved one’s preferences, habits, and medical needs in mind, ask the assisted homes you’re interested in questions about Alzheimer’s care, access to physicians, and transportation services.
Look for Memory Care Services
Many assisted living facilities don’t specialize in memory care. Since Alzheimer’s disease erodes mental faculties, you should seek out Alzheimer’s care facilities that emphasize memory care services. Common evidence-based memory care services include reminiscence therapy, living with service dogs, and personalized medication regimens administered by trained physicians.
Go With Your Gut
Logic and reasoning are powerful tools that set humans apart from any other organism on planet Earth. However, if you have a bad feeling about Alzheimer’s care facilities, you should trust your gut. Always make multiple visits to these facilities before making any final decisions. Getting to know staff members is also recommended.