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My mom has dementia, what should my next steps be?

My mom has dementia and now it has gone so bad that I am thinking of contacting an assisted living center in Arizona named Prestige Care which is nearby. But I am worried if she will be fine and happy there. As I am new to this I don't know the procedure of adult care home. Can anyone share your advice/experiences. Thank you.

Status: Open    Feb 02, 2016 - 07:22 AM

Caregiving, Dementia

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Feb 10, 2016 - 07:26 AM

Definately call A Place for Mom for assistance in locating an appropiate facility. I would also suggest contacting an estate planning attorney in your area to make plans in case she later has a need for nursing home care. Also this would help you plan for her continued care and bill paying at the assisted living center. Estate and financial planning is best done now before she is in an assisted living center, nursing home or funeral home.
Godspeed to your and your mother.

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Feb 04, 2016 - 08:06 AM

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Feb 09, 2016 - 05:51 AM

Assisted living is a great answer in the early stages of dementia when your parent can still dress/eat/toilet independently. It is important to ask the assisted living how far they will go to assist residents who have dementia related behaviors. We have found that some homes are more willing than others to tolerate behaviors and also to use behavioral intervention when incidents occur. Since change is very difficult for people with dementia, you want to make sure they will be able to stay in one place as long as possible before "graduating" to the next level of care. You know your parent's behavior, so ask specific questions about how they would handle things unique to your mom. My parent really resisted the move from her home to assisted living. The AL staff told us to give it a month. They were right. She settled in and began to enjoy it. The activities and social interaction available are very good for dementia patients who would probably be at home alone with little contact with the outside world. Most of them have had to stop driving which really isolates them.
This journey with dementia is an ever-changing one. Things do not remain stable and predictable. We are constantly learning and discovering things we didn't know about the health care system in relation to treating dementia. You definitely have to be your parent's advocate.

Feb 18, 2016 - 02:58 PM

I highly recommend planning ahead so you don't have to scramble. Learn about the disease, research dementia specialists and living arrangements.
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