If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, likely this question is on your mind.
When will it be time to move my loved one into a memory care community?
Your loved one may be able to live independently, or with family for quite some time. But sooner or later, there will come a time when that person requires more care than can be provided by you.
It is important to keep in mind that if you wait too long to admit to a memory facility it may take a longer time for them to adjust to their “New Home.” Once there, you can spend as much time as you like with them but as their ‘loved one’ rather than their caregiver.
The Alzheimer’s Association suggests asking these questions to help you decide whether it’s time to consider a memory care community for your loved one.
Is the person with dementia becoming unsafe in his or her current home?
Is the health of the person with dementia or my health as a caregiver at risk?
Are the person's care needs beyond my physical abilities?
Am I becoming a stressed, irritable and an impatient caregiver?
Am I neglecting work responsibilities, my family and myself?
Would the structure and social interaction at a care facility benefit the person with dementia?
Dealing with the Transition
This is one of the hardest and most challenging decisions you can make. Guilt, grief and fear are common feelings you face when you plan to move your loved one with dementia out of their home; these feelings are to be expected.
It is common to feel a sense of relief after placement – “now I can finally relax” and know they are safe. Your loved one will benefit from the structure and stimulation of the memory care house’s activities. Daily routines in an accepting and understanding home, while socializing with other people who are in similar shoes are critical.