Stepping into a Dementia/Alzheimer's Facility

Brubaker J.; Caring for the Ages; January 2011

A move to a dementia/Alzheimer's facility can be scary for your family member/friend. You can ease this by helping staff to get acquainted with their new resident. Engage in treatment planning and ensure workers – specially those providing direct treatment – understand your family member/friend's likes/dislikes, pet peeves, preferred foods, spiritual needs, and so on. Let staff know about any problems your family member/friend features – such as alcohol or drug use or even a background of violence/verbal abuse.

It helps for your family member/friend to be around acquainted objects and beloved possessions. Organize to bring in family photos, treasured knick-knacks or wall artwork, and other items from home that he/she loves. These will make the surroundings more acquainted and homelike.

Help minimize loss. Work together with staff to keep practices as well as regular activities. If Father needed to leave his dog with you, bring it to see him. If Sunday dinners had been favorite occasions, ask personnel if you can take your family member/friend out or bring family and dinners on site. Spend as long as you can with your family member/friend. Remember, it could require 6 weeks for any person with dementia to adjust to a new setting.

Get to know care providers. Tell them just what makes their new resident happy, what upsets him/her and how to calm him/her down, and when/how he/she likes to eat, bathe, and dress. In case your family member/friend has mild or average dementia, help him/her get acquainted with other inhabitants who have equivalent operating levels.

Questions You Should Ask Your Physician

Just what medicines might help my family member/friend maintain function/cognition?

What hobbies or workouts may help keep my family member/friend's brain active?

Is memory decrease inevitable? Can one do anything whatsoever to aid?

As my family member/friend's dementia advances, just how can i support him/her maintain well being?

How do I recognize when my family member/friend can no longer make his/her individual care decisions?

Things Which You Are Able To Do

Continue being a part of your family member/friend's life.

Utilize photos, music, stories, etcetera. in order to remind your family member/friend of joyful reminiscences and life successes.

Make sure that medical care is suitable to your family member/friend's desires.

Be sure employees know what is important to your family member/friend. For instance, Dad prefers to be called “Professor Johnson” rather than “Mr. Johnson” or Mom consistently wears her gold locket.

 

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