Oct 22, 2015 - 04:49 PM
My mother has dementia, and we moved her from assisted living to a board and care facility a year ago, when she needed more help than they could provide. My mother is incontinent and can't stand or walk unaided, but she's still very aware of things and can argue with the best of them. The staff orders and monitors her meds and provides all the caregiving she needs, but do not provide 'skilled nursing.' She has diabetes, so they xxxx her finger to check her blood sugar, and adjust what she eats. When my mother had a seizure, they were able to diagnose it, called 911, and then called me. They always call me if there's anything they think I should know, but are able to handle the day-to-day issues. Mom can be a challenge, but they're very patient and know how to handle her. My husband and I drop in for a visit whenever we choose. Family members and a couple of friends have also come for occasional visits. We avoid early morning, when they're getting the residents ready for the day and evening, when they put them to bed. They have 4 residents, although they're licensed for six. Each resident has their own bedroom and, all but one, share a bathroom.