How to Use the ASC Memory Care Decision Toolkits

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We understand that navigating a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can be a time of many emotions and uncertainty. That’s why we’ve created Memory Care Decision Toolkits to help families and caregivers at every stage of their journey in seeking memory care for their loved one. In these toolkits you’ll find practical information, valuable insights and useful tools to help you in your decision making process.

Starting at the home page, you’ll find two decision toolkits: Memory Care in an Assisted Living Community, and Memory Care in a Skilled Nursing Community. Both toolkits will help explain the important differences between the two plans of care, so that you can make an informed decision for your loved one.

Tips for Utilizing the Memory Care Decision Toolkits

In most situations, the decision to seek memory care for a loved one involves several family members. We recommend that you begin by blocking out some time to work your way through the toolkits, and share this resource with everyone who will be involved in the decision. We share a lot of very detailed information, and you’ll want to make sure you can review it all. Keep pen and paper handy, too. If you make a list of questions, one of our experienced team members will be happy to answer each of them.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of these resources:

  • Learn the difference between memory care in assisted living and skilled nursing: While both settings prioritize the well-being and comfort of residents with memory-related conditions, the level of care and scope of services provided differ based on the individual’s needs and functional abilities. The first page of the toolkit will guide you in understanding which environment might be the most beneficial for your loved one.
  • Why consider memory care: Learn about the unique issues people with memory loss face, and how memory care addresses them.
  • Benefits of memory care: From nourishing meals and enriching activities, to a secure environments and help with activities daily living, we provide a comprehensive overview of the many benefits of memory care.
  • Visiting a memory care community: When you tour a memory care community, it’s easy to get sidetracked by looking around and meeting the staff and residents. You might forget to ask important questions. Or you may not even be sure what you should be looking for or asking. That’s why we developed this memory care visit checklist. It shares step-by-step guidance to help you assess and compare each community you tour.
  • Frequently asked questions: In our Frequently Asked Questions section, we have compiled and answered the most common questions we receive from families about memory care. And know that our team members are skilled
  • in assisting families through this process. So, if you have questions you don’t find answered here, call us or stop by a community near you. We’ll be happy to help.
  • Financial considerations: When families begin the search for memory care for a loved one, one question they often have is how to finance it. Fortunately, there are many forms of financial assistance available for memory care, and it’s worth exploring the provided financial programs. You might find one or two that can help budgeting for memory care a little easier.
  • Respite stays: Caregiving for a loved one with memory loss can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Experts from the Alzheimer’s Association advise family members to try to routinely take breaks from caregiving. Respite care services in one of our memory care communities are designed to provide temporary relief for primary caregivers, giving them time to attend to personal matters, or simply rest and recharge.
  • Read more: Lastly, don’t skip our Resources and Articles We’ve pulled together information ranging from tips on downsizing and selling your home to a quick video about assisted living created by the American Seniors Housing Association.

Finally, we’d like to share a few of the common mistakes people make in their search for memory care for a senior loved one.

Common Mistakes in the Search for Memory Care

When exploring your options for memory care, here are a few factors adult children and family members should keep in mind:

  • Don’t choose a community you would love

When you are touring senior housing communities, do your best to keep your loved one’s tastes, interests and hobbies in mind, not your own. From the formality of the environment to the dining services program, ask your loved one what is important to them and make those the priority.

  • Involve your loved one in the process

Don’t overlook how important it is to include your loved one in this process whenever possible. Even if you make phone calls and conduct an initial round of tours, make sure they have a voice in the final decision.

  • Consider location but don’t make it top priority

You’ve found a community that’s on your way home from work. You would be able to visit daily or every few days. While convenience for families is important, it shouldn’t be the top priority. Remember, your senior loved one needs to create a new life in their community filled with friends and hobbies of their own. Finding a place that reflects them is vital.

Call an ASC Community with Questions

Have a question about memory care? Call an ASC location near you. One of our team members will be happy to help!

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