Frequently Asked Questions & Important Resources

Choosing Assisted Living and Memory Care

Assisted living is an appropriate option when living at home is no longer safe, yet the skilled care of a nursing home is not needed. Memory Care is a specialized type of assisted living that is geared toward caring for those with moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Memory care homes train caregivers to understand, empathize, and properly support those affected by memory impairment.

Here are some important factors to think about when touring and choosing memory care assisted living option for your loved one.

  • Does it feel home-like, warm and inviting with comfortable sitting areas, clean furnishings,
  • Is the lighting soft, are there low ceilings, low noise levels, short hallways, natural light, plants, an inviting dining room
  • Is there a pleasant aroma and variety in the color of walls, carpet, wall hangings and furniture
  • Are there safe and secure outdoor areas for walking, sitting, gardening, bird watching
  • Is the home located in a residential neighborhood
  • Are you greeted by friendly faces and a warm hello
  • Do the caregivers seem relaxed and attentive to the residents
  • Do the residents appear content and well cared for
  • Are staff members interacting with residents
  • Is management staff accessible
  • Are the bedrooms and bathrooms private
  • Is there an activity calendar or program available
  • Is transportation and personal accompaniment to medical appointments offered
  • Are outside services, such as beautician and nail care, available
  • Is the food homemade and fresh?
  • Are all services – personal care, assistance with medications, meals, activities – included in the monthly fee
  • Is the home licensed and inspected by the State of Wisconsin