One of the most difficult experiences for family caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder is deciding when to consider placement outside the home.
Caregivers should ask themselves the following questions to evaluate their situation:
License: Ask to see the facility’s valid Ohio State License, issued by the State of Ohio, Dept. of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division.
Atmosphere: When you walk in do you “feel” the nurturing, loving, and supportive environment your loved one needs and deserves?
Visiting hours: Does the visitation policy meet your needs? Visit unannounced at different times to see the staff interact with residents.
Structure: Is the facility designed and constructed with the abilities, comfort, and freedom of the resident in mind?
Humor: Do staff and residents interact joyfully and set a tone of lightheartedness? Verbal cues: How do staff redirect a resident? Do they command or encourage?
Level of function: Ask what happens when the person needs a higher level of care. Can the facility accommodate residents with a wide range of abilities?