Jul 06, 2015 - 07:37 AM
Things to consider when making this decision are:
· Does anyone have power of attorney?
· Is your dad self-pay or is Medicaid involved?
· Is your dad cooperative with you making the decisions?
If you are the closest relative and Medicaid is not involved, it looks like you are free to make the choice.
If you do not have legal power of attorney, you might want to consult an attorney. Ideally that attorney is knowledgeable in elder law.
It does not sound like your dad is able to make his own decisions and needs closer supervision. Self-neglect is a common characteristic of dementia. State laws limit assisted living facilities on the amount of care they can provide for a resident. They may get to a point where they have to notify you that they can no longer keep your dad. It sounds like this assisted living facility does not have a memory care unit; is that correct?
Assisted living facilities, usually, have a way to provide some personal care, either provided by them or available from another agency. Have you tried that or tried hiring an agency to come in to provide personal care?
Be sure to visit the skilled nursing facilities that you are considering. Some are set up better for memory care residents.