You’re considering daycare for a family member who has memory loss but aren’t sure where to begin. Often the local Alzheimer’s chapter will have a resource list they can provide. But again, this is just a list with a lot of work behind the investigation and you’re not sure what to look for or what to ask. You can always hire a care navigation expert who can cut through the red tape, however if you want to do the work on your own here are a few suggestions. Call the day centers and ask if you can visit. Pick a time of day that is not a meal period so that you can see the activities provided. Pay careful attention to the level of ability of the participants so you can determine whether or not the group would be a good fit for your family member. The most important consideration is to find a group where the individuals are close to the ability of your family member. A higher functioning group with have your family member feeling left out and a lower functioning group will not allow them to engage all of their abilities and may have them bored or not participating. Sometimes it can be a balancing act. Also make sure that the day care center staff are willing to work with you to find the group most appropriate for your family member. Statements of doubt or inflexibility from facility staff are a warning sign that this may not be the right day program for your family member.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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