Finding the Right Facility

  • Many adult day centers specialize in dementia and offer programs that might benefit your loved one while providing you with needed respite.
  • Most good facilities have waiting lists. Get started on your search early. This gives you time to explore all your options and make an informed decision.
  • When evaluating a care facility, make sure the staff has training and experience in dealing with residents who have dementing illnesses.

Next Step

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Whether you’re considering adult day care or a full-time care facility, be sure to fully investigate your options. Don’t rely on glossy brochures; instead, visit the facility a couple of times and make sure it will meet your loved one’s current and possible future needs. Meet with staff, residents, and administrators.

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Investigate the kinds of programs and services available to residents (or day care participants) with dementia. Do these services cost extra? Try to get a sense of the facility’s ability to provide changing care as your loved one’s disease progresses. Can the facility evict or refuse service for any reason?

Making the decision to move your loved one into a facility can be difficult. Evaluate the pros and cons of staying at home versus moving to a facility, with your loved one’s well-being and safety as the top priority. Checklists can help you evaluate different types of facilities and make a decision that will benefit both you and your loved one.

Next Step: Planning a move? Get tips for a successful transition.

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Experts at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America have the answers to your toughest Alzheimer’s and dementia questions.

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