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What is memory care supposed to provide?

My mom has been in a memory loss unit for about a year...she has had multiple strokes but also has dementia, she is unable to walk more than 15 feet and gets around in her wheelchair, is not always continent, and has had quite a few falls....despite the chair alarms. She was at this level on admission to the facility. All of a sudden, the facility is telling me that mom is "too much" for the assisted living memory loss unit and did I happen to have her on any waiting lists for other facilities? I did not even know there was an issue with mom. I take her out every week and she is able to get in and out of my car, goes to the bathroom when I take her, feeds herself, doesn't choke on her food....she is always pleasant and happy as long as I am! I guess what I need to know is what legally is a memory loss assisted living unit supposed to provide? I REALLY do not want to move her...she has developed relationships with a few of the nurses there.
Status: Open    May 31, 2015 - 07:49 PM

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Jun 02, 2015 - 08:05 PM

I am sure when she entered the facility there were guidelines that were written and that you probably signed. These will state the guidelines as to what care they can provide. But at anytime I am guessing if they feel that they can not "provide a safe enviroment" for her they can request that you find other arrangements.
There are some places that will not "kick out" a resident if they begin to require more help. They may increase the fee that is charged but you will know in advance what levels of care will be charged what types of fees.
Despite the fact that she has developed relationships with a few of the staff it sounds like the rest of them are either under staffed at times or they are paying attention to the residents the way they should. And I am sure there are many other reasons for the falls that you Mom has had. But it might be better for your Mom to move her to a facility where you know she will not be asked to leave. She will be a bit confused at first, she may take a while to develop a good relationship with the nurses but for her safety it sounds like a move is in her best interest.
I suppose another option, and an expensive one, would be to hire a caregiver or aid that will be with your Mom one on one to assist her. If that is a possibility the facility where your Mom is may reconcider the decision to ask her to leave. Hospitals have "sitters" for people that may wander or try to get out of bed. They are often nursing students, CNA students and the like that can study while keeping a watchful eye on someone. You could ask the facility if they have a list of people that may do this type of work.
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