We all want to do the best and right thing for our Mom or Dad if they are showing signs of Alzheimer’s or Dementia. And if you’re working full-time, caring for your parent in your home during the day is virtually impossible.
Seven questions that give you direction with your parents and elderly family:
- Are they having hallucinations, paranoia and delusions?
- Are they reacting to small matters in inappropriate ways and having frequent emotional outbursts?
- Do they experience altered vision perception?
- Do they need assistance with all ADL (activities of daily living), which includes bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming and eating?
- Are they losing the ability to communicate?
- Have they lost any gross motor skills?
- Do they have difficulty swallowing?
Answering these tough questions will help you search and find the right long-term care facility. We at Your Next Move can help you find that facility that cares specifically to patients with signs of Alzheimer’s.
What to look for in an Alzheimer’s facility:
- Physical space: The facility should be big enough so your family member can move about, but it should also be safe. The ideal facility should have a circular design with an inner courtyard and greenery, and it should not have locked doors, dead ends or an array of intersecting corridors.
- Consider resident population: Does this facility have a separate unit for Alzheimer’s patients or does it only admit these type of patients? The better choice for your loved ones may be the care that focuses with this affliction only because the staff should be well-trained for nighttime wandering and there will likely be quality onsite support groups and continuing education.
- Quality of the staff: It is best to arrange a visit at varied times of the day and at night to observe how the staff interacts with the residents. Be sure to visit during meal times and see if the residents are happy and if the staff helps residents in the dining room. Are they respectful with the residents or do they treat them like children? Are they warm and friendly, always trying to accommodate, or are they less gentle in their approach? Also, assess how the staff reacts with an unruly patient.
At Your Next Move we are the experts for compassionate and sound guidance when you are planning for your elderly parents’ outside care. Doing your homework with us by your side will make the transition smooth and uneventful. Remember, we will help you every step of the way.
Contact Your Next Move Today to Help You With Your Next Move. We are there at your side.
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