Is it Time to Consider Full-Time Care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia?

Making the decision to move a loved one into full-time care is one of the most difficult choices a family will face.

However, that decision can, in many cases, be the best possible option for the family and the future resident.

There are a range of options available, from assisted living care that monitors and lends a hand to those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia to much more specialized facilities geared specifically to the special needs of more advanced residents.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers these questions, which may help determine when residential care a good option:

  • Is the person with dementia becoming unsafe in their current home?
  • Is the health of the person with dementia or my health as a caregiver at risk?
  • Are the person's care needs beyond my physical abilities?
  • Am I becoming a stressed, irritable and impatient caregiver?
  • Am I neglecting work responsibilities, my family and myself?
  • Would the structure and social interaction at a care facility benefit the person with dementia?

While the decision is never easy, it's important to remember that it's important for residents to have the care and supervision they need to stay safe and healthy. A full-time care residence can offer them a happier, healthier life while offering family peace of mind.