Tips for Finding the Best Memory Care Facilities in Your Area

Memory care facilities have changed a lot from the “nursing homes” of the past. But some memory care facilities are better than others so choosing the best one can be tricky. When it’s time to find the best memory care facility for a loved one, take these expert tips for making the right choice from the start.

Tip #1 – Access all resources

Memory care facilities are more prevalent than ever before but not always easy to spot because they may be part of a larger senior living community. According to the article, “How To Find The Best Memory Care Facilities Near You,” there are several resources that can help. Among these are online senior living directories like the one at, and government resources such as the one at that locates and compares Medicare-certified memory care facilities. Also, be sure to ask friends and family members about their experiences with memory care facilities in the area.

Tip #2 – Check reviews

As the list of possibilities grows, take the time to check reviews. One easy way to do that is on Google Maps simply by typing “memory care facilities in <City> <State>” or just “memory care near me” in the search box. Those that are ranked will have several stars, a ranking number and the number of reviews submitted. Another good idea is to check memory care facility websites for posted reviews and notes from families.

Tip #3 – Peruse Facebook pages

Facebook pages can reveal a lot about what’s going on at a memory care facility which can help gauge what everyday life is like. Posting will include things like special events, links to newsletters, fun activities and offerings like workshops and seminars. For a closer look at a Thrive Senior Living Community check out this Facebook page.

Tip #4 – Thoroughly review websites

Many memory care facilities craft their websites to provide a wealth of information in words, images and videos. Taking the time to review each website can go a long way toward helping to make the right choice. Among the many important aspects to check are floor plans, photo galleries, and the “About Us” section that should define that memory care facility’s purpose and guiding principles.


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Tip #5 – Download brochures

When vetting various memory care facilities it can be easy to confuse their attributes, which will make choosing the right one more difficult. Downloading available brochures, however, provides a written guide that can be used to jot down questions, organize, eliminate and rank options, and keep facts straight.

Tip # 6 – Prepare a list of questions

As the list of potential memory care facilities takes shape, create a list of questions that weren’t answered on the website or in brochures. As noted in our blog, “Make the Right Choice for Your Loved One: Memory Care Questions to Ask,” some of the most important questions to ask are about team training and certification, therapies that are provided on-site, safety and security (particularly regarding wandering), daily nutrition, and activities. In addition, be sure to include questions about what personal care is provided and what services are included such as local transportation, laundry and housekeeping. Also key to making the right choice is to ask questions about care plans, what they include, and how they are reassessed over time.

Tip #7 – Take a tour of the top three memory care facility choices

Even the best websites and brochures cannot beat a live tour of a memory care facility. After scheduling each tour, review questions for each and if possible, enlist one or more family members to come along. When arriving for the tour be sure to observe how well maintained the property is outdoors and once indoors check for overall cleanliness, open and accessible community spaces, and how engaged and cared for residents appear.

During each tour, also ask to see where residents receive therapies (if available), different areas used for activities like arts and crafts or classes, and any vehicles used to transport residents. Another good idea is to stay for a meal. This not only offers an opportunity to sample the fare but to see the level of service and attention given to residents who need help eating.

Tip #8 – Watch for red flags

While observing all the good points of a memory care facility, be on the lookout for signs of problems. According to the article, “Nursing Home Red Flags You Should Watch Out For,” including few social opportunities, residents who appear to be waiting too long for help or seem unresponsive, few team members available, unclean areas, and team members who can’t or won’t answer questions.

To find out more about memory care at Thrive Senior Living, download our “Memory Care” guide, then contact us to schedule a tour of one of our beautiful communities.