HOW TO CONVINCE SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA TO MOVE

The thought of having to move a person from their home is often a difficult one. Much more difficult is moving a person who does not comprehend, nor are even aware that their condition merits a move to a long-term care facility.



The act of convincing such a person can be difficult, especially if that person is a spouse or a loved one. At times an individual who is close to a person with dementia are either not wholly convinced themselves or else are in denial altogether of the inevitability of the progression of the disease. If you have such a consternation of the situation, it may be best to get outside advice.


A professional consult is advantageous to this end. Please refer to our blog How to Move a Parent with Dementia to Assisted Living which can help with understanding the role of a professional consultation. Since the word convince means to “cause someone to believe firmly in the truth of something”, the first step for a caregiver is to be convinced themselves of the need to move their dementia patient.


You will more than likely meet with a refusal to move on the part of the patient. If they are in the early stages of the disease, reasoning on a level that would include the need for better healthcare and well-being is a good place to start. Engaging a professional to assist you is also a good idea since at times a person is more apt to pay attention to a professional or someone other than their caregiver who are many times a spouse or relative.


It has been suggested that you reveal the fact of moving to the patient in stages, using what is often referred to as “compassionate deception” and tell the patient the move will only be for a short time. Prior to the move, you can also visit the chosen facility so that the new location is not shrouded in mystery to them.


A final and altogether last step in attempting to convince a person with dementia to move would be to go through a legal process whereby the patient will be appointed a conservator or guardian to make the decision for them. This will ultimately shift the responsibility from your arena. Prior to doing this, it is best to seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in elder affairs.


It is hoped that you will be able to take the path of least resistance in order to successfully find a safe place for your loved one. Knowing that this is a difficult decision and one not easily concluded, the moving of a person’s belongings with such a situation takes an empathetic viewpoint on the part of a moving

company.


We at Interiors for Seniors understand this difficult predicament and therefore provide our relocation services in a compassionate and personal manner.


Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.


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