Alzheimer’s disease can be managed at home for many years. And that’s good, because maintaining stability in their living quarters is calming for a person with cognitive impairment. While the home can remain a safe place for people with Alzheimer’s, at some point there comes a time when moving them to a facility that can take better care of them must be considered.
The following 7 questions can help you know when that time has come:
1. Does your loved one wander or become disoriented?
Both of these are common in people with Alzheimer’s. If you cannot rely on your loved one to stay in the home, then they are no longer safe to live at home.
2. Do they withdraw, become depressed, or agitated if left alone?
If being alone causes these signs of distress, they need to be in a setting where they have constant companions.
3. Do they attempt activities they should not do?
The activity may be as simple as cooking, which is a danger for anyone with cognitive impairment. Or it may be a hobby they always enjoyed, like sewing or carpentry. With Alzheimer’s, certain activities can only be done with supervision. If your loved one consistently tries to do any dangerous activities by themselves, they pose a risk to themselves and others.
4. How do they react when they are frightened or stress?
If they become confused or behave unpredictably when stressed, it is another sign that living at home poses a danger.
5. Are they aware of danger?
People with Alzheimer’s are often unable to interpret events taking place around them. If they fall, for example, they may not react appropriately. If your loved one cannot identify and react appropriately to dangerous situations, it is time to consider a safer alternative.
6. Do they know what to do if they need help?
The appropriate response to needing help will vary with the type of need. Getting milk from the store might be simple as calling a friend or family member. A fire in the home would require a response as complex as leaving the house and calling 911 from a neighbor’s home. If your loved one cannot determine what the appropriate response is to a situation in which they need help, they are not safe at home.
7. Are they happy at home?
If they are unhappy staying in their home, it is certainly time to consider an alternative.
If your loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia can no longer stay at home, you can entrust their care to the memory specialists at Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ.
We have created a unique environment and care program specifically designed to address the needs of this population. Our Alzheimer’s Unit is situated in a separate, secure wing to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. It offers a structured daily routine, mind-stimulating activities, excellent social interaction, with optimal patient independence in a calm and soothing atmosphere.
Or better yet, come see for yourself: Contact us to schedule a tour by calling 609-588-5800 or by clicking here.