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Relocating Those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia to Assisted Living

If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia and needs more care than you can provide at home, it’s time to consider a round the clock, professional memory care community. These memory care communities offer improved quality of life for residents and peace of mind for friends and family.

Memory care communities are designed for those who need help caring for Alzheimer’s or dementia, but want to maintain a level of independence. These care facilities provide a safe and secure environment where trained and professional staff members care for those with memory loss issues. Memory care communities provide 24-hour support, personalized services, private and semi-private rooms, with locked and alarmed doors to assure no one wanders off. They offer efficient and well-designed common areas for meals, activities and socialization.

Determining if Dementia Care is the Correct Option:

  • Has the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia become unsafe in their current home?
  • Is their health or the health of the family caregiver at risk?
  • Are the care needs beyond your skills or physical abilities?
  • Is everyone becoming stressed, irritable or impatient?
  • As a caregiver, are you neglecting yourself, your work, or your family?
  • Would the care, structure and social interaction at a care facility benefit your loved one?

Things to Consider:

  • Is the staff warm, welcoming and experienced in memory care?
  • Do they provide a personalized approach to resident care?
  • Are family members asked to become involved in care-planning and reviews?
  • Are residents allowed to make choices about their daily activities and routine?
  • Do they offer specialized medical support?
  • Do they offer individual and group activities?
  • What is the staff to resident ratio, both day and at night?
  • Is the facility clean, well-lighted and secure?
  • Is the food tasty and nutritional?
  • Is the care facility conveniently located to family and friends?
  • Are visiting hours flexible for family members and friends?
  • What is the policy regarding end-of-life care?
  • Has the fee structure and contract been fully explained?
  • What additional costs could be incurred?

Making a Smooth Transition:

There are other important factors to address when evaluating a possible dementia or Alzheimer’s care environment. It’s very important to be open and honest with the dementia sufferer, and any involved family members. Do your best to communicate information about the move in a positive, supportive and non-threatening way. Making the decision to move a loved one into professional care can be an emotional and stressful experience. Don’t feel guilty; instead focus on the fact that a move will benefit the well-being of your loved one.

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