Memory Care FAQ
Frequently asked questions about memory care in Western Pennsylvania
As families explore and try to understand memory care, questions often arise about this form of care designed for individuals with memory impairments. Unfortunately, memory care units in assisted living facilities are often associated with abuse and neglect.
Here, we've gathered answers to frequently asked questions about memory care. Remember, this is general information, not legal advice. If you believe your loved one was abused or neglected in a Western Pennsylvania memory care facility, contact us to discuss your options with an experienced Pittsburgh memory care attorney.
- What is memory care?
- What is the difference between memory care and assisted living?
- What should I look for when researching a memory care facility?
- What types of abuse and neglect happen in memory care?
- What can I do if I suspect abuse or neglect in a memory care facility?
- Can I sue a memory care facility?
- How can a memory care attorney help?
What is memory care?
Memory care is a special kind of care designed for people with memory problems, like Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. It's a living arrangement where caregivers help residents with daily activities like eating, bathing, and dressing. Memory care facilities have staff who are specially trained to understand and support the needs of people with memory problems.
What is the difference between memory care and assisted living?
Assisted living is for older adults who might need help with daily activities but don't necessarily have memory issues. Assisted living facilities provide housing, meals, and some assistance with activities of daily living.
Memory care is a specialized form of assisted living for people with memory problems, like Alzheimer's or dementia. It is supposed to offer extra support and a safe environment tailored to their needs. Memory care may be provided in a standalone facility or as a “unit” within a larger assisted living facility.
What should I look for when researching a memory care facility?
When researching a memory care facility, there are a few important things to consider. First, check if the facility is specifically designed for people with memory problems. Look for a safe and secure environment with locked doors and easy-to-navigate spaces. It’s also important to make sure the staff has been properly trained.
Check if the facility has a good staff-to-resident ratio to ensure that each resident gets the attention they need. Memory care is labor-intensive work, so having sufficient staff is critical. Finally, read reviews or talk to current residents and their families to get an idea of what living in that facility is really like.
What types of abuse and neglect happen in memory care?
In memory care facilities, different types of abuse and neglect can happen, such as:
- Physical harm, like hitting or restraining residents.
- Emotional abuse, where residents are yelled at or made to feel scared.
- Neglect, when residents don't get the care they need, like not getting enough food and water or are allowed to wander from the facility.
- Financial abuse, when someone takes advantage of a resident's money or belongings.
It’s important to note that while memory care is a step up from regular assisted living, it’s still not the same level of care as a nursing home. Unfortunately, many memory care facilities try to keep residents in the facility even if they really need a nursing home level of care. This environment is a breeding ground for abuse and neglect.
What can I do if I suspect abuse or neglect in a memory care facility?
If you suspect abuse or neglect in a memory care facility, it's important to take action to protect your loved one. First, if someone is in immediate danger or needs medical help, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately. If the situation is not an emergency, you can start by talking to the facility's management or staff about your concerns. They should take your concerns seriously and address them. Get this in writing so they can’t claim ignorance later.
You can also report the suspected abuse or neglect to the proper authorities, like your state's adult protective services or the local long-term care ombudsman. They can investigate and take appropriate action to ensure residents' safety.
If you believe legal action is necessary, consulting an attorney experienced in memory care cases, like Attorney Waldman, can provide you with guidance and help you understand your options. Remember, speaking up and taking action is crucial.
Can I sue a memory care facility?
Yes, you can sue a memory care facility if you believe your loved one has suffered harm due to negligence or abuse. If you have evidence that the facility failed to provide proper care, resulting in harm to a resident, you may be able to file a lawsuit. It's important to consult with an experienced attorney so that you’re taking the best course of action for your situation.
How can a memory care attorney help me?
An experienced memory care attorney can help you understand your rights and legal options available to you. At Hal Waldman & Associates, we have experience and knowledge about memory care and the standards they need to meet. When they don’t, we can investigate the situation to protect your loved one.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. Give us a call or contact us online to talk to a memory care lawyer today.