Future Housing After Receiving an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to plan for the future. Those with the disease will lose their ability to function properly and will need extra assistance. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease become disoriented and confused in new places. This is one of the main reasons why they are advised to refrain from driving. Not only can they harm themselves, but they can also hurt others.
With their driving abilities taken away, it is not easy for them to complete their everyday errands such as buying groceries or shopping for clothes. Family members can help to an extent. However, most of those family members eventually end up taking time off of work to assist their friend or family member with Alzheimer’s. This can be both a financial and emotional burden.
There is a better solution than caring for the loved one yourself. Many nursing homes are good options but they are sometimes not prepared to deal with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. It is important to find a memory care facility that has staff trained to work with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Memory Care Facilities:
Memory care facilities offer daily meals, housekeeping and laundry services, as well as medication management. Many of them also provide 24 hour staffing and assistance. However, this option costs anywhere between $1,500 to $7,000 a month, depending on the amenities provided.
Memory care facilities differ from a standard elder care facility in their architectural layout. Memory care facilities make sure that no patient can wander out of the building or into an area that they are not supposed to be in. Alzheimer’s patients often forget where they are and forget where they are going so it is important that they do not enter a potentially dangerous environment.
When to Move into a Memory Care Facility:
When to place a loved one into a memory care facility is a difficult decision to make. Many times, the Alzheimer’s patient will deny having memory or judgment problems despite the prior diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. They may get angry when told they need to move to a memory care facility. Let the patient know that it is for their own good and that you will be there to support them by visiting. The best time to move them into the home is before they harm themselves or others.
When the doctor says that driving is no longer a good idea, then living at home alone is not a good idea either. The oven, stove, microwave, and other appliances around the house are fire hazards, especially to Alzheimer’s patients. They will turn on an appliance and often forget to turn it off. This is one of the main reasons why they should not be left in the house alone.
Again, deciding on when to move your loved one into a memory care facility is not an easy decision. However, the move should be made sooner rather than later to prevent any accidents from happening while the loved one is home alone.