Since I started this blog, I have had many people ask me to include some information other than just our experiences. I previously stated that I would not do that. However; they have convinced me to add a the following. NEXT POST..
Before I do that, I must tell you that I have moved Joyce to a new facility. I made this decision once before, believing the situation would change so I did not move her. Suffice to say despite having been assured that the conditions would improve they did not. Moving an alzheimers patient to a different environment is extremely emotional.
I am not doing this lightly. Her health and safety is paramount and I no longer have confidence the current facility is able to provide that. Support groups all have similar stories. Some leave their loved ones where they are like I did. Some have moved their loved one.
When an older adult doesn’t get the care they need, families typically talk with staff and meet with administrators to discuss concerns and fix problems. Things usually improve after that. But sometimes, nothing changes.
At that point, families wonder what they should do. That’s where I was yesterday so I tried the internet and found the following:
Is it a good idea to move someone with Alzheimer’s who has become comfortable in their new home? Or is it better to take the risks that come with less-than-good care and avoid the disruption of a move?
Three tips on how to make that tough decision.
1. Exhaust all problem-solving options First, make sure you’ve exhausted all the possible options for solving the current problems. I did.
2. How severe are the issues? Think about the severity of the problems and think about the consequences if they’re not fixed. Are they major health and safety problems that could cause a fall, significant health problem, or a rapid decline? Health and Safety.
Having ongoing issues that administrators and staff don’t fix isn’t good, but if the situation isn’t likely to harm your senior’s health, avoiding a move may be more important than an A+ level of care. In our case “already been there done that”
3. Confirm options before making a move Before putting your older adult through a move, be as sure as possible that the next assisted living community will be better than the current one. Yes
I have done all the above. Unless I’m mistaken and/or searched incorrectly, I found absolutely nothing posted on the blogs that covered moving a loved one from one memory care unit to another. They are all about home to facility or from assisted living to memory care.