It can be difficult for both the patient and the family to decide when an elderly must move into assisted living facilities for Alzheimer’s. Even some caregivers feel guilty as they move new people from their homes, into assisted living.
The truth is guilt should not burden anyone. Caring for someone at home can become dangerous. There comes a point in time where everyone needs extra support. Keeping up with a loved one with medical conditions can become impossible when not professionally trained. For this reason, it is often necessary to move them to facilities for Alzheimer’s.
The new decision might come harder than most. But in the end, knowing your loved one is receiving the best care possible will benefit both parties.
Here are things to keep in mind:
You have made the right decision
Sending elderly loved ones to assisted living does not mean that you have not been a good caregiver them. It simply means that you are making a decision to keep them safer and get the level of care they actually need.
You can still spend time with them, and in most cases have access to manage their care or house plan. In fact, you are often taking better care of them, as opposed to abandoning them.
Let professionals handle this
You should know that every family has its own problems. Deciding to put a loved into assisted living is not one of them. You should not focus on judgement of others because you are doing what is best for a loved one at the given time.
If an older adult is suffering from serious health conditions, they deserve a higher level of care.
As anyone becomes more stressed, tensions can raise. Moving your loved one can protect both your safety and health by allowing them to get the care they need, while easing you stress and anxiety.
Nobody can control cognitive ability
Do not doubt your decision to bring your older family member to assisted living facilities for Alzheimer’s. No one can predict the future. When reality involves deteriorating mental status, the best time to transition is now.
Moving to an assisted living environment can greatly impact the stability of a patients mental health. Making the decision is only fair because the health and safety of your loved one can be at stake.
Finding long-term care facilities for Alzheimer’s
If you can no longer take care of a person with Alzheimer’s at home, it is time that you make a move. There often comes a time when they will need round-the-clock attention and care. And there is no shame in not being able to provide that alone.
It is important to remember that you are not losing this person, and they are not losing you. This is just the best place for them to get long-term care. You will still have constant access to them. Let it not bother your conscience because your loved one will receive the care they need.
Here are a few different options for in-care living:
- Continuing care retirement communities – A retirement community where people with Alzheimer’s can live and receive proper care.
- Assisted-living facilities – People who need help with daily tasks can take advantage of this type of facility.
- Group homes – This is a home where people who are unable to take care of themselves with 2 or more staff members live.
- Nursing homes – People who cannot take care for themselves can settle for nursing homes where care units are available for special Alzheimer’s disease patients.
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