There could come a time when your parent with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia will need more care than can be provided at home. During the middle and late stages of dementia, sometimes 24-hour supervision is required to ensure the person’s safety. As dementia progresses further, round-the-clock care requirements become more intensive.
Making the decision to move a parent into a specialized memory care environment may be difficult, as it is tough to suddenly be faced with a decision that makes it feel like YOU are now in a parental role. But it is important to consider whether or not it is possible to continue to provide the level of care needed in the person’s home.
The questions below, from the Alzheimer’s Association website, are ones to consider when determining if a move to residential care is a good option:
Even if you plan ahead for a move, making this transition can be incredibly stressful. You may have an abundance of conflicting emotions. You may feel relieved and guilty at the same time. These feelings are common. Regardless of where you choose to have the person cared for, it’s good to keep your focus on making sure your parent’s needs are well met.
Please see http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-residential-facilities.asp for additional information.
--Marysue Moses, Ebenezer Dimensions Program Coordinator
9/7/2018 08:56:47 am
Thanks for pointing out that if your loved one is getting lost in their home or neighborhood, they probably need to put into an assisted living facility. My grandmother has dementia, and I honestly get worried about her, as she's taken two really bad falls and forgot her neck was broken. After reading this, it seems like assisted living could not only help keep her safe, but also take a lot of burden off my father and I. Do you have any tips for choosing a great memory care facility?
2/6/2022 06:48:45 pm
I am grateful that this post highlighted that it is advisable for us to have our parents live at a memory care facility when their well-being is at risk while they are at home. I appreciate that this post shared that by sating at a memory care facility, our parents will always be attended to and their well-being with be preserved. I will definitely consider this tip.
3/7/2022 05:41:52 am
My grandmother began to wander the neighborhood at her home, only to get lost. This has happened several times now. She has also left water running and cooking on the stove to burn. I appreciate how you addressed the issue of wandering the neighborhood in your information. Since these mishaps have become a daily occurrence, we are going to look for a dementia treatment strategy. Perhaps a dementia care facility can help us get perspective on this.
3/14/2022 02:48:14 pm
There are caregivers who actually die before their loved ones, because they are determined to do it all and once promised the person I truly appreciate your great post!
4/21/2022 11:01:27 am
This is a situation neither party was thinking about when that promise was made. You want to be able to be the daughter, I truly appreciate your great post!
4/22/2022 10:41:02 am
It is typically very difficult, especially at first, for family members to adjust to the changes in their loved one. Thank you, amazing post!
7/15/2022 01:21:21 pm
Please consider that this is a situation neither party was thinking about when that promise was made. You want to be able to be the daughter, Thank you for taking the time to write a great post!
9/14/2022 02:59:09 pm
Making the decision to move a parent into a specialized memory care environment may be difficult, as it is tough to suddenly be faced with a decision that makes it feel like YOU are now in a parental role. I’m so thankful for your helpful post!
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