Here is a list of questions that might be helpful when looking for a safe, healthy, and comfortable assisted living situation for your loved one:
- Do you have a specific Alzheimer's unit or program?
- Are any of your staff members specifically trained to work with those who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia?
- What kind of training do all of your staff members receive regarding Alzheimer's and dementia?
- What kind of behavioral interventions do you use? Do you keep a record of these interventions?
- How do you handle residents who tend to wander due to their dementia?
- What is your building's security like?
- What kind of behaviors could lead to my loved one being asked to leave the home?
- When do you contact family members about medical or behavioral issues?
- Do those with Alzheimer's and dementia have the option to participate in special activities?
- How often are activities provided specifically for residents with dementia? Are activities provided on weekends or in the evening?
- What is the ratio of staff to patients during each shift?
- What kinds of therapy programs are available for those with Alzheimer's and dementia? Do you have recreational therapists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists?
In addition to asking these questions at each home, also keep your eyes open during the tour. What are the other patients with Alzheimer's and dementia doing during the day? Do they seem engaged? Are they clean and appropriately dressed for the environment? Are they being tended to by staff members? Does the nursing home seem to be using physical or medical restraints?
Unfortunately, not all North Carolina nursing homes give their Alzheimer's or dementia residents the services and attention that they need and deserve. If your loved one has been neglected or mistreated while at an adult care center, contact a Raleigh nursing home neglect attorney today and tell your story.