If you’re facing the challenge of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia or another cognitive impairment, you may have questions about how to choose an assisted living community and what services they offer. When it comes to memory care, there is so much more than just providing a safe environment and helping residents stay active. If your loved one needs specialized care to help them stay engaged, then memory care advisors can help you find the right community for them.
Who Is A Memory Care Advisor?
A memory care advisor is a professional who can assist you in finding the right senior living community, whether it be independent living or assisted living. These advisors will meet with you to discuss your needs, wants, and wishes. They can also help you determine if your loved one would be better off in an assisted living or nursing home setting.
For example, if your parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and needs assistance around the clock but still wants some independence, then they may be better suited for a memory care community where they can stay active and engaged while receiving assistance from trained staff members who are focused on safety and security rather than personal care tasks like bathing or dressing.
When Should You Seek The Assistance Of A Memory Care Advisor?
A memory care advisor can help you find the right facility for your loved one. They can also assist with the admissions process and guide how to prepare financially for memory care and make the transition from home to the facility as smooth as possible. A Memory Care Advisor is a professional who can help with the following:
- Helping you to make the best decision when it comes to choosing a memory care community.
- Providing information about your loved one’s needs and what types of accommodations they will need while they are in the community. This includes their ability level and activities that they would enjoy doing. The Advisor will also be able to provide recommendations such as whether or not the caregiver should have access keys for each resident’s room, if pets are allowed onsite, where smoking areas are located, etc.
- Providing information about how care will be provided for your loved one at their new home—what types of services there are available (such as personal care attendants), what may make them happier (such as bringing back favorite foods from home) and/or more comfortable during their stay.
How To Choose The Right One
- Look for a professional who is licensed, bonded, and insured. Not all professionals in this field are the same, so it’s important to find one who meets these qualifications. Check their credentials and ask them how long they’ve been in the industry.
- Ask about the services they offer. What kind of care do they provide? Do they specialize in any specific area or condition? How many years have they been doing this work?
- Ask about their fees: Fees vary depending on the level of care required as well as what services will be provided by your Advisor (elderly home care services or memory care). Some advisors may charge on a flat fee basis, while others may have an hourly rate based on what type of services you need (elderly home care vs. memory care).
- Ask about their references: If possible, ask for references from past clients so that you can get more information about how satisfied those individuals were with their experience working with your Advisor and whether they would recommend him/her again if asked by someone else looking for advice on similar topics.
We hope we’ve been able to help you better understand the various types of advisors available and how to choose one. If you have any questions about what kind of Advisor might be best for your situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We have years of experience in this field and would love to help with any questions or concerns.