Here are questions we’ve developed with the help of guidance from Southern Caregiver Resource Center. We’re continually adding items as the Adult Day Health Care and Community-Based Adult Services programs evolve, so be sure to check back regularly. There is also a PDF version you can print and take with you on visits to adult day programs.
• What is the ratio of staff to participants?
• Does the staff have specific training in dementia care?
• Does the staff show interest in individual participants?
• Is the staff courteous and treat everyone with dignity and respect?
• Is privacy respected?
• Is there adequate space to accommodate group activities?
• Are the activities therapeutic, such as activities specifically to engage both the mind and body?
• Do the activities cover a variety of interests?
• Are there enough activities throughout each day to keep your loved one engaged and social, and is there a daily schedule of activities posted at the center?
• Are there volunteers to assist at special events? Local talent and experts to provide entertainment?
• Do participants spend time outdoors, weather permitting?
• Are there support services for caregivers, such as lending libraries and weekly support groups, to help the caregiver best manage at home?
• Is there transportation provided to and from the center? If so, is it an additional cost?
• Does the center have a “good feel” – like a home away from home?
• Are the doors secured?
• Is there an alarm system or other security measure to ensure no one can wander off the premises?
• Are the rooms clean?
• Does the center use the latest in infection control, such as wiping down areas with Monofoil(TM), which kills potentially harmful viruses and bacteria?
• Is there an obvious odor reflecting poor housekeeping?
• Is there adequate ventilation?
• Is there an outdoor patio so the participants can get fresh air?
• Are halls and restrooms wide enough to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs?
• Are floors clean and non-slippery?
• Is the kitchen area clean? And does the staff handle food in a safe, sanitary manner?
• Is the dining area pleasant, comfortable, clean and easily accessible?
• Are participants encouraged to eat nutritional meals and snacks that the center provides?
• Are tables convenient for wheelchairs?
• Are the meals and snacks appropriate for your loved one?
• Does the food appear appetizing? Does it smell appetizing?
• Are bathrooms conveniently located?
• Do bathrooms have handgrips or rails near the toilets?