Has anyone had a comforting experience enrolling your LO in long term memory care? My Mom is in great condition physically. While she’s moderate Alzheimer’s, she’s quite mobile and social. But I cannot care for her 24/7. I’m solo, work FT and travel. The challenge is we are in different states. I’m overwhelmed but have decided on memory care for her safety but I fear she will decline more rapidly. So sad.
I had a really good experience with a memory care facility after my husband had gotten too much for me and my adult daughters to handle. The facility had a square architecture so that residents could walk and never get lost; that was a godsend for my husband because he was an extremely active person all his life. We went into many facilities to look at the residents and caretakers, because I think the latter are the most important personnel in such units. My husband was cared for by techs who knew his name and his personality; they joked with him and pretty much accommodated his needs. I got calls whenever they needed to tell me something and was free to drop by without notice any time. While not ideal, it was about as good as it could have been given his stage of dementia.
I'm sure there are some places that are wonderful and others that are not. You may want to reach out to the Alzheimer's Association in your area to research options. I don't have any experience. I live with my wife who was DX 5 1/2 yrs ago and I'm figuring out how to take care of myself as well as my wife along this life changing journey. It is not easy but it is a must to find some peace mind.
My mom is in an assisted living facility that has graduated levels of care as she needs it. She told me years ago that this was where she wanted to live when the time came, so that helped with the transition. She loves the social aspect, and they are great at contacting me whenever there is something that I need to know.
My hubby is in memory care and loves it. I took him to check out the facility and his comment was" I could make this my new home" We had a little bump in the road about 2 weeks in but now it's much better. He has been there 1 and 1/2 years now. He is on hospice at the time so it's hard watching him slowly go .
The cna's are so kind and cheerful. I joke that my hubby has lots of pretty girls to make him smile.
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