As a care partner for someone living with Memory Loss, it is crucial to create a seamless transition to a Memory Care setting when the time comes. 

Why Choose Memory Care?

Whether you need long-term open-ended stay or short-term Respite Care, Memory Care environments offer physical, mental, and emotional support programs for the person living with Memory Loss and for their care partner(s).

Moving is stressful for anyone at any stage of life. For those living with Memory Loss, a move can be confusing and overwhelming. Below are some steps to help ease the transition to a Memory Care environment. 

Steps to Take When You Are Preparing for a Move

Have a Conversation with Other Family Members First

Every member of the family that has an active role in caring for the person living with Memory Loss should be consulted. 

Determine What Level of Care Is Needed

Memory care encompasses a range of conditions and needs, including Alzheimer and related dementia’s Care. Talk to the medical specialists that work with your loved one to learn the level of care that will be needed. 

Do Your Research

It is important to choose a Memory Care environment that offers the best care and opportunities for your loved one. Research the care plans, security, policies, amenities, and available programs, therapies, and supports. 

Take Advantage of Transition Programs

Memory Care environments that offer day programming to help not only the person living with Memory Loss but their care partners as well with the transition by building trust and relationships. That way the Memory Care environment is familiar and comfortable.

Try to Keep Your Loved One Away from the Chaos of Moving

While it is important to discuss the move with the person living with Memory Loss, it may be too overwhelming for them to fully understand what is happening. Informing the perswon living with Memory Loss is best reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Speak with the homes knowledgeable team to learn the best approach for that individual.   It is easier to remove the person living with memory loss, and pack items while they are distracted and have the room and their belongings set-up prior to their arrival to make setting in easier.  

Communicate with the Team Members

Become familiar with the Team Members responsible for the care of the person living with Memory Loss. Inquire about any transition support, access to your loved one, and communication systems. 

Check the Availability of Appropriate Healthcare

A reputable Memory Loss environment will have an onsite healthcare section including lab services, emergency care, and pharmaceutical services. 

Check Activities and Amenities

Investigate the activities and amenities offered at the new Memory Care setting. There will be a wide range of Memory care programs that can rekindle a past interest in a hobby or skill, or introduce new and meaningful programs.   

Prepare All Documents

Ensure all key documents are in order. It is important to include a list of medications, medical insurance coverage, and legal documentation such as Power of Attorney and/or a Living Will. It is also important to complete all required documentation of the Memory Care setting to ensure as smooth of a transition.   Provide the most up to date care information.   

Pack Intentionally

At any age, a person can gather precious tokens, art, bedding, and clothing that ignite a happy memory. Pack the items needed as well as a few that bring them to a special time in their life. Do not overpack, be selective of what the person living with Memory Loss values at the current time.   Over cluttering the room can become overwhelming and can pose safety risks.   Keep it simple.  Also take into account that items do go missing in Memory Care settings due to progression of the disease.  High value items should not go to the Memory Care setting.  

Determine the Cost of the Memory Care Home

Memory Care is a viable arrangement to provide the best care for your loved one. Costs of Memory Care services may vary depending on the type of care provided, staffing levels and type of staff, and environment provided. 

Steps to Take on Moving Day

Remain Calm and Positive on Move-In Day

A positive and calm environment can help to ease fears and uncertainties. Keep an upbeat mood to encourage excitement regardless of how you may be feeling. 

Take Care of the Person Living with Memory Loss

Moving day for anyone can be overwhelming. Be sure to pay attention to the body language of the person living with Memory Loss and react accordingly with comfort and support. 

Determine the Floor Layout and Furniture Needs

Most Memory Care environments allow Members to bring in a few favourite pieces such as a chair or specialized bed.. 

Sort Your Loved One’s Belongings

The person living with Memory Loss may recognize a few pieces of their precious belongings. Have these items set in the room before they arrive as a welcoming comfort. 

Put Together a Move-In Box

In the days leading up to the move-in day, collect some of your loved one’s favourite treats and items that may bring comfort. 

Make the New Environment as Homely as Possible

Decorate the private living quarters with precious photos, blankets, and ornaments. The room should resemble the environment they have a familiarity with, despite their Memory Loss. 

Steps to Take After Moving Into Memory Care

Encourage Your Loved One to Socialize And Participate

Encourage your loved one to participate and socialize in various clubs and activities hosted by the Team Members. Suggest that your loved one join a class of their favourite hobby. 

Ask How They’re Feeling About Their Transition

In the days and months after the move, continue to inquire how your loved one is feeling about their new home. 

Participate In Day Programs

Participate in day programs at the Memory Care environment to support and encourage your loved one’s participation. 

Enjoy Meals Together

Accompany your loved one to lunch or dinner regularly to maintain a sense of regularity, especially if you were their sole care partner. 

Contact Us to Know About Memory & Company

For short-term or long-term open-ended care in Oakville or Markham, consider the safe and friendly environment at Memory & Company. We provide the VIP treatment and support for people living with Memory Loss and their care partners. Book a personalized guided tour by calling (905) 888-8808 or fill out our inquiry form here