Simple Questions to Ask Before Picking a Care Facility

Even though you have done your best caring for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. You are noticing that the disease is progressing and for the best care you may need to start looking at care facilities to assist. But you don’t want to send your loved one to a different home. You’ve heard the horror stories of some care facilities and are not sure how to go about choosing the best one. Here’s a checklist of questions that can help you.


Basic Questions:


  • Can the facility able accommodate people at all stages of Alzheimer’s, or only at specific levels?

  • What would cause a resident to be asked to leave?

  • Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?

  • Does each resident have a formal, written plan of care?

  • Are families informed of changes in resident’s condition?

  • Does the facility help with bathing, toileting, and eating?




  • If the facility is part of an assisted living facility or continuing care retirement community, is the memory care section separate from other areas?

  • Is the memory care area all on one level?

  • Are the residents' rooms private or shared?

  • Is there an enclosed, secure outdoor area with walking paths?

  • Is there a designated family visiting area?

  • Are residents allowed to bring familiar items with them such as photos or bedding?




  • Is staff trained in dementia care?

  • Is there a registered nurse onsite at all times?

  • What is the ratio of staff to residents?

  • Are the staff well knowledged in each resident’s background, name, and personality?

  • Programs, services, activities, etc:

  • Do planned activities take place?

  • Transportation available for medical appointments and shopping for personal items?

  • Are religious services and celebrations available?

  • Are pets allowed?

  • Are family and friends allowed to join meal time?

  • What is the weekly food menu like?

  • Is there a plan for monitoring patient’s adequate nutrition?

  • Are there special plans to meet patient’s dietary needs?

Policies and Procedures:

  • What could cause a resident to be dismissed from facility?

  • What are family visiting hours?

  • Is there hospice care available?

  • Escort to emergency room if required?

  • Can families assist in care planning and care?


Choosing a care facility is a tough decision. These questions should help you decide if the care facility you are looking at for your loved one will be the best for their care. Sign up for our newsletter for more tips.



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