No matter what the circumstance, placing a loved one into a nursing home can be a difficult decision. Research shows that Alzheimer's disease progresses to the point where a nursing home is the best decision for the family. 

Many people in their 50's and 40's are now in need of long-term care due to "familial Alzheimer's", also known as Early On-Set Alzheimer's.

Memory care facilities at are specialized nursing homes that provide full-time medical (nursing) and in-house rehabilitation services. They also offer a safe environment and close supervision in order to provide some physical protection to residents. 

Although the home is not intended to be an acute care facility it should still be able to assist residents in maintaining their independence and daily functioning.

* Does it seem peaceful or chaotic?

* Can you hear residents screaming or moaning for longer than a few minutes? This is a normal part of the disease.

* Are you noticing call lights flashing constantly or bells ringing in areas where residents ask for assistance?

* Are caregivers and nurses able to respond quickly to the residents' needs or ignore them?

* Is there a schedule of activities for residents?

* Does the caregiver give them cards and puzzles?

* Do you observe staff members interfacing with residents? Or do they just leave them in their rooms, or park in wheelchairs in the hall and not pay much attention?

* Are the bathrooms and common areas clean?

* Are residents' bathrooms and showers clean?

* Are residents appropriately dressed for the season?

* Are they clean? Is there evidence of a cut or bruising that has not been treated?

Do you see caregivers helping residents with difficulty eating at mealtimes?