Fulfilling the responsibilities of a caregiver is no easy feat. Caregivers can experience fatigue or burnout when caring for an elderly loved one, especially one suffering from memory loss. If you need help with caring for your loved one, a retirement community offering memory care can help shoulder some of the burdens, giving you peace of mind while providing the best care for your loved one. However, it is essential to find the right community before committing as mistakes could lead to problems down the line. Here are some mistakes you should avoid when looking for memory care communities in League City, TX.
Not Asking About Medical Staff
For older adults who struggle with their memory, it is imperative that they receive around-the-clock care and security as medical emergencies can happen at any time. Make sure you fully understand the community’s medical facilities and staff before committing to a community.
Not Checking Activities Available
The quality of life your loved one can expect in a memory care community is largely contingent on the care but also the activities that are provided. Social activity is often underrated when it comes to contributing to one’s health. However, research has shown that such activities can help retain one’s memory and boost the quality of life while individuals who are lonely and less engaged in social activities have a higher risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Here at our retirement community, we plan purpose-driven activities that cater to our residents’ abilities, attention spans, and needs.
Not Touring the Rooms and Facilities
Take a tour of the facility to determine if the memory care community is right for your loved one. Check if the layouts are simple and accessible for your loved ones and if the community is fitted with the necessary equipment to prevent falls and enhance accessibility. While you are touring the community, notice whether the team treats their residents with compassion and kindness. If possible, sample the food, participate in some of the activities and speak to other residents to get a feel of the place to determine if it is a good fit for your loved one. Having personal space can also help your loved ones ease into the community, so make sure you tour the rooms and ensure you find a home with amenities such as a walk-in shower, individual thermostat control, and more that fit their needs and lifestyle.
Failing to Research Actual Costs
Ensure that you ask sufficient questions about the cost of the memory care community. Aspects such as housekeeping, medical care or meals may be service add-ons so make sure you get the costs clear before accidentally committing to a memory care community that is outside of your means. If you have worries about your budget, our retirement community offers a Rent-Lock Pricing guarantee that ensures that your rent stays the same for 36 months, beginning when you first join. We also care about your satisfaction and will refund your community fees and allow the lease to be ended if you or your loved one are not completely satisfied.