MesaView Senior Assisted Living is a family-owned and operated independent and assisted living community in La Mesa, California. Our owners come from Alzheimer’s and dementia affected families and know all that goes into making decisions around memory care for a loved one.
We walk alongside families as they traverse the difficult road of Alzheimer’s and have been supporting the greater San Diego community for a decade. We empathize with the difficulties of deciding on a senior living community for loved ones and have laid out below the three most important factors to consider when making this decision.
The Journey of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The journey of Alzheimer’s and dementia is a heartbreaking one, for family caregivers and the diagnosed individual alike. At Mesa View Senior Assisted Living (and at our partner locations, Harbor View Senior Assisted Living and Bay View Assisted Living) we strive to provide compassionate, individualized care, preserving our residents’ dignity at every stage of their Alzheimer’s journey.
People are the Most Important Asset
The caregivers and staff who are actually providing the care for your loved one are an extremely important factor in deciding on a senior care community. The care team responsible for your loved one will be spending large amounts of time with them. It’s vital that you find a team that you feel confident will have your loved one’s best interests in mind. If possible, spend one-on-one time with a staff member and observe caregivers at work.
Here are a few helpful questions to ask when you tour an assisted living community:
- If needed, are staff members available and equipped to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs)? These include eating, mobility, hygiene, bathing, dressing, etc.
- Is there 24/7 physician access? Is there a registered nurse or certified nursing assistant on staff 24/7?
- What is the caregiver to resident ratio?
- What kind of training and experience are staff members required to have?
Cleanliness, Design, and Safety Features
When considering an assisted living community that will become your loved one’s new home, the physical environment is very important to consider. Well maintained outdoor spaces may indicate that the facility prioritizes holistic experiences for their residents. Pay attention to how clean rooms and gathering spaces appear to be and if vital safety features are installed (eg: grab bars, handrails, zero threshold showers).
Amenities and Activities
Think about the activities and hobbies that are most meaningful to your loved one. Maybe they love to spend time outdoors or love to garden. Maybe they are especially fond of music and singing. Other loved ones might enjoy physical activity. Try to find a care community that organizes activities that might be particularly appealing and meaningful to your loved one. For example, at MesaView we organize group exercise classes and have beautifully landscaped spaces for residents to enjoy the outdoors.
Memory Care Community in Southern California
MesaView Senior Assisted Living in La Mesa, California, is a senior care community in Southern California. We understand that our residents’ holistic experience of life (social, spiritual, emotional, mental, physical) is vitally important. Research says one of the best things you can do to delay or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is to keep your mind active. Our compassionate caregivers provide top-notch, individualized care to each of the members of our communities.
Compassionate Memory Care in San Diego
At Mesa View Senior Assisted Living (and at our partner locations: Harbor View Senior Assisted Living and Bay View Assisted Living) our compassionate, highly competent staff work hard to provide holistic care to each member of our memory care communities.