How do you know when the time has come to consider a memory care community? It can be difficult to tell, but there are some clues that may provide insight. You might notice that your loved one is experiencing difficulty with day-to-day activities like dressing and bathing themselves; they may not remember who you are or what they need in order to get by. If this sounds like your family member, it’s important for them to have access to professional assistance from a memory care community.

Here are 5 tips for transitioning into a memory care community that will make the transition easier on everyone involved!

  1. Don’t talk about moving to a memory care community as if it’s the end of life. It can be hard for your family member to hear that they’re getting older, but this is an important step in keeping them independent and healthy!
  2. Go on a tour or two before transitioning into one of these communities, so you have a good idea of what to expect. For example, the Memory Care program at Avanti Senior Living, Salize, is clinically proven to reduce and even eliminate the need for mood-stabilizing drugs among memory-care patients.
  3. The transition can be jarring for your family member, so it’s important that they have people around them who are familiar with the community and their needs. Make sure everyone in the family is on board with transitioning into memory care before making this big step!
  4. Don’t wait too long after an emergency to transition your loved one. Moving them to the best and safest environment possible, before an incident occurs, is not only recommended, it’s highly encouraged. The safety and wellbeing of your loved one should be your top priority.
  5. Visit your loved one often. Even if they’re in a memory care community, family members are still an important part of their lives! Visiting, or at least communicating with them, can help you get to know the staff and other residents who live there too.

Keep these tips in mind when it comes time for transitioning into one of these communities, such as Avanti Senior Living. If you need help, the staff is always happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have!