Learn how to determine when you or your loved one is appropriate for memory care/dementia units, nursing homes, or hospice care.
Knowing where to start when finding a LTC community is crucial, and understanding the differences between classifications of levels in order to allow thrive in the most appropriate level of care for you or your aging loved one.
Memory Care/Certified Dementia Units:
“Memory Care Unit”= can be a designated wing, free-standing facility, assisted living level or nursing home level; may not always require dementia diagnosis.
Certified Dementia/Alzheimer’s Unit= special certification awarded after extra measures and regulations met to include: physical environment,all departments require staffing training requirements, must have some type of dementia diagnosis
Nursing Home (short term) Skilled Nursing
Nursing Home (long term) convalescent care
Hospice Care= End of life; 6 months or less prognosis
The REAL level you or your loved one needs vs what you want to believe they need can often be very different.
Learn your or your loved ones needs
Get familiar with options in your area per those needs
Be prepared to make the transition