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How do I know what type of facility - memory or assisted living

My dad is 92 years old and currently living on his own but has short term memory loss/dementia. I assist him on daily basis including reminder to take pills, reminder to eat, food shopping and laundry. Visit him 2x per day (morning and night) and also have him over to our house a few
times per week.

He still is mobile and also takes care of himself (showers and shaves daily) and can heat things up in microwave. He is sleeping alot during the day I believe out of boredom and loneliness, I have someone come in 3x per week and takes him out. I believe he needs assisted living /memory care for socialization and also to help us out.

I am not sure what type of facility he needs. I have visited memory care facilities but that seems extreme for his current situation and expensive. He does need to be reminded about meds, eating etc.

He has been very resistant to moving in the past but he also has stairs which are becoming difficult so any advice on how to convince him is also appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Status: Open    Jan 03, 2017 - 08:14 AM

Senior Living Communities, Dementia

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Jan 04, 2017 - 01:09 PM

For the short term, you might consider having a Home Health Aide coming in to assist. Most home care agencies can supply a CNA for this, but be sure to ask if they have had any sort of memory care & recurrent training in this area. If not, keep shopping. You don't mention it, but many facilities can offer a graduated care option. In such a case, a resident may first enter as "independent" with their own or shared apartment with meals and limited assistance. As their needs increase, they can be moved to an "assisted" level, or all the way up to "memory care". This can happen in a single location so that there's no need to worry about multiple moves. Seek information on all of these solutions to determine if one is a good fit for your dad. Good luck!
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