If your loved one has developed dementia, you have probably heard of memory care at one time or another. Memory care is an area of specialized treatment at an assisted living facility that understands and assists a person with late stage dementia.
Often times a family has chosen to keep a dementia patient with them at home in a familiar surrounding for as long as possible, only to find that their ability to care for them in the later stage of the disease is more difficult than they anticipated. It is with much pain and difficulty that a decision is reached to transfer their loved one to a facility such that can accommodate this situation. This is where memory care comes in.
Therefore the first tip for transferring a loved one to memory care is to recognize their need for safety. We have all heard though newscasts of dementia patients wandering away from their home and therefore finding that they are in an unfamiliar and dangerous location. Within a memory care division of an assisted living facility, a specially trained staff will be there to address the needs of an elderly person with this disease. Not only will their basic needs of eating, dressing and bathing be provided, but it will be done within the confines of a specially secured area. This should add comfort to you as a loved one of the patient as well as provide security for the patient themselves.
The second tip is to find a facility that you are comfortable putting your loved one in. This is a process and should not be left until the last moment. Rather, it should be done in anticipation of the situation being an actual need for the future of a person who is diagnosed with dementia.
The third tip is to engage a professional to assist you in “breaking the news” to your patient. This is often the best avenue for advancing the subject since they will have been specially trained for such an encounter.
After securing an adequate facility, the fourth tip would be for you to reach out to the management of your chosen facility and create a working relationship with the counselors who will be more than happy to give you advice and assistance regarding the transition of your loved one. They will more than likely suggest and allow you to bring your patient to events and activities prior to the actual transfer.
Keeping the staff apprised of information regarding your patient’s background and as well as any specific needs will go a long way in helping the staff at the facility to better care for your loved one once they have taken residence at the facility.
Last but not least, the fifth tip I can offer is to be sure and take care of yourself throughout this change. It is a good idea to take some vacation time for the time during the transition so that you are not bustling back and forth between your work and the facility. Planning ahead is a good idea for any situation and would be more so with this important transition.
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