There's no place like home. While this adage conjures up feelings of comfort, sometimes home is not the best place for someone with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
ActivCare Chief Operating Officer, Todd Shetter, is often asked when is the right time to place a loved one in a specialty care community. While the decision is personal and different for each family, Todd maintains that resident and caregiver safety is paramount.
"Families have shared that they promised their parent or spouse that they would never put them in a 'home,' but that statement was likely made before dementia was a diagnosis," recalls Todd. When faced with this situation, he recommends, "Ask yourself these questions: Is this a safe environment for my love one? Is it the best scenario for all involved? Are the caregivers capable and competent? What is the back-up plan?"
Todd suggests changing the mindset about placement in a specialty care community. Just like seeking help from a doctor, an attorney, or a tax adviser, families can seek help for round-the-clock care from trained professionals. A memory care community can allow residents to thrive in a loving and supportive environment. The stimulating activity program engages the residents and allows them to succeed, which can boost self-esteem. Socialization can spark renewed purpose and feelings of worth.
Here's the complete article to assist with the decision of placing a loved one in memory care.