Weighing a move
Questions to consider when deciding whether home or a nursing home is the better place for someone with Alzheimer’s:
- Is the home environment safe? (Doors alarmed if the patient is prone to wandering; safety precautions for stoves, hot water, and household chemicals.)
- How much can the patient take care of himself or herself?
- How aware is the patient of the surroundings? (A move may be less disruptive to someone who is less aware.)
- Is there someone who can stay home full-time with the patient, or are adult day-care services or in-home aidesavailable?
- Can the caregiver provide needed mental stimulation and emotional support as well as social and physical activities?
- Is the caregiver realistic and knowledgeable about the illness? (If not, the care provided may be harmful.)
- Is the caregiver jeopardizing his or her own health or relationships with others?
- Is support available, such as respite services for the caregiver?
- Is there room available in a good nursing home with a dementia specialty unit?
The above content was reproduced from The Boston Globe.
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