When should a person with dementia go into a care home?
• Medication Management
When your loved one is at home, you are responsible for their medication management. While many family caregivers learn a lot while caring for loved ones with dementia, there are some indicators and difficulties that only medical specialists can detect and manage. Even if you notice an issue, getting them to the doctor for an examination and medication adjustment can be difficult.
• Problems with Mobility
Patients nearing the final stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have significantly limited movement. It poses a significant risk to both the patient and the caregiver. A 70-year-old lady, for example, may easily injure herself trying to get her 180-pound partner to the toilet two or three times every night. As long as she keeps taking care of him at home, they both risk the possibility of falling.
A beloved one can quickly leave the house without their carer noticing, resulting in a life-threatening scenario. At institutions, wandering is possible (and occurs), but residents will be limited to places within the facility and, in some cases, a safe place outside. These are why supervised memory care is so crucial for people with dementia and their families.
Residents are free to walk around, but the surroundings are monitored closely. In addition, they typically have additional security measures in place to keep them from straying away and becoming lost or hurt. The reaction time when one does wander is also significantly reduced due to the increased number of staff ready to search for them.