Having an elderly parent or aging loved one who suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is extremely difficult. In many cases, there comes a time when you simply cannot provide the care they need at home and are forced to move your loved one to an assisted living facility or nursing home. It’s a hard decision to make, and how do you prepare yourself and your loved one? Our Bay Area in-home caregivers have a few suggestions we hope you will find helpful.
Those with dementia are rarely agreeable to moving away from their homes, which is understandable, given the comfort they get from familiar surroundings. No one wants to be removed from their comfort zone, but sometimes there simply isn’t any other option.
How can you determine, when the time comes, that moving your aging parent to a care facility or assisted living community is essential?
Consider your own quality of life, how much of your attention and time is dedicated to caring for your loved one, your own family circumstances, and how all of this is impacting your life and even your health. Caring for an aging loved one with dementia requires tremendous mental effort as well as physical effort. When your own quality of life is quickly depreciating, it’s time to take action.
Transitioning from in-home care to an assisted living community or other care facility – how to prepare
It’s a delicate situation when it comes time to prepare to take an aging loved one from the home they’re comfortable in to a nursing home or assisted living facility. The best way to approach it is to contact several facilities and have consultants who specialize in senior care come visit so the senior can become familiar with the people they may come in contact with in the future. Additionally, visiting the facilities is a good idea so that your aging parent becomes somewhat familiar with staff, the surroundings, even other residents. It’s important to make the transition to a care facility as smooth as possible, and familiarity is important – particularly for those with dementia.
Be sure that when transitioning from in-home care to an assisted living facility or nursing home, you share important information such as your aging parent’s interests, hobbies, the food he/she likes or doesn’t like, and details about your loved one’s history so those on staff can make a more personal connection – always comforting to seniors.
The in-home caregivers at Care Indeed provide seniors in the Palo Alto, San Jose, and surrounding Bay Area with a wide array of services designed to make aging easier, enjoyable, and more comfortable so that even those getting on up there in years can enjoy an enhanced living experience. Contact us today for all of your in-home care, Alzheimer’s, respite, or other needs.