Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Checklist

You’ve called your local Care Advisor, narrowed down your choices for Alzheimer’s and dementia care in your area and have tours set up! What now? Print this checklist and bring it with you when you visit senior living communities specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care to make sure you don’t forget anything and to help you make the final decision.


The location of the community is convenient
The neighborhood is safe and free of crime
There is a hospital close by to the community


The facility is licensed
The building is secure (locked with security system)
There is a fenced in secure area outside for the residents to enjoy
The building was quiet without any loud noises or distractions
Overhead paging is kept to a minimum
There is a separate area for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia  (in the dining room, apartments)
The community was clean and organized
Handrails in hallways and bathrooms
24 hour emergency response system

Individual Apartments:

Controllable thermostats are in each apartment
Air conditioning in each apartment
Semi-Private Rooms
Private Rooms
Private Bathroom
There are smoke detectors and sprinklers in each unit


Staff is trained and have all had background checks
Staff was kind and friendly to the residents
The memory care unit has its own program director
There is a medical director at the community
Staff is required to complete continuing education/training programs


There is a program/activities director for the memory care section
There is a planned daily schedule for the residents to follow (Structure is important to those with memory loss)
Activities are available all day long so residents stay busy
Different types of activities are planned for residents interested in certain hobbies
Residents involved in daily chores (dusting, folding towels, etc.)

Dining Services:

Residents are assessed and fed based on their abilities and level of independence
Residents have assigned seating in the dining area
Residents are moved to dining room chairs to eat instead of staying in their wheel-chairs
Meals are prepared fresh, on site
Meals are healthy and nutritional

Other Questions:

Does the community offer support group meetings for families of the resident?

Ask to speak to current residents’ families to find out more information about the community.

Would you like to set up a tour at a memory care community in your area? Call your local Care Advisor at (866) 510-9738 to set up tours at the Alzheimer’s and dementia care communities that meet your needs and wants so you can check off every item on your checklist!

Find more tips to think about when visiting an Alzheimer’s and dementia care community, here.