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Is it better for Mom to be with others who have more advanced dementia?

Is it better for an Alzheimer's patient to be with others who are farther advanced in the disease or those who not? My 92 year old mother is in what can be described as intermediate Alzheimer's. She is reasonably alert, aware of her surroundings, can carry on conversations in the moment, but forgets what she said or asked a few minutes earlier. She has an independent senior apartment but because of occasional wandering we feel she would be better off in assisted living. The question is, would it be better to place her in a community where most other residents are in advanced Alzheimer's, but where we believe she would receive the best care, or in a community with no residents in advanced dementia but the home is definitely our second choice?
Status: Open    May 12, 2015 - 02:49 AM

Dementia, Senior Living Communities

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May 20, 2015 - 09:33 AM

This can be difficult to answer as various assisted livings are able to handle dementia differently. In the industry some communities are creating that intermediate assisted living you are mentioning, not fully independent but not necessarily ready for a secured enviornment often offered in a memory care community.

I would encourage you to talk to a Senior Living Advisor (SLA) at A Place for Mom. You can get connected with someone locally by calling 1-866-568-2989. The SLA will be aware of if/what communities offer the intermediate setting you are mentioning as well as having a good idea of options that may be available.

I am a former assisted living administrator and took great pride in families who entrusted their loved one's care to the communities I worked for. Once you identify a couple of options for assisted living talking to the manager or nurse about your mom and her wants and needs. I have seen some families have a very successful transition by recognizing the need for social interaction with the folks in assisted living by day but needing the care offered in the memory care setting, especially in the evening/sundown time. Most assisted livings are happy to tailor a care plan to meet your mother's needs and an Advisor at A Place for Mom can get you quickly connected with some options.


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