Getting old is inevitable, but for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, there is a constant need for assistance in everyday life. While making the decision to place a loved one in an elder care facility can be difficult, it may be the best thing you can do for them. This is essential if their needs require medical professionals, as well as:
- If health issues are becoming a problem for your loved one or for the caregiver
- If behavioral changes, such as aggression and sensitivity, are becoming an issue
- If time and work are compromised with a loved one living in your home. Having too few volunteers available to help while you are at work can become a problem.
- Caring for a loved one will require 24/7 care which could become nearly impossible
Before transitioning to an elderly care facility, seek advice from family or the family doctor, since it will not be an easy transition for you or your loved one. Being prepared for whatever additional services are needed will help ease this transition. Part of this includes making a list of the needed care before going into the facility. This includes:
- Visitations from family and friends
- Medical needs
- Daily routine
- Hobbies and other activities
For your loved one suffering from dementia, the change can be frightening or stressful since there will be new faces and different surroundings. The best way to alleviate this is to fill the room with old and familiar items to make them feel comfortable. Another option is to have a family member stay or visit often while the loved one tries to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings. The greatest thing to remember is to be prepared. Choose a facility with great communication so it will make the transition easy for everyone involved.