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Alzheimer's Disease : Famliy Relationship Questions

I'm very curious about the alzheimer's disease and can you please answer these 5 specific questions to help me understand this with more depth.

1) how do you decide it is time to move a family member into long-term care?


2) what factors do you need to consider when seeking long-term care for victims of dementia?


3) how can you prepare the family member for the move?


4) how can you help them adjust to their new situation?


5) how can you help build a relationship between your family member and the staff at the facility?



Please consider answering these questions, it would help a lot!


Thank you in advance!


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replied December 12th, 2007
Vel,

1. When considering to move an elderly family member into a long-term facility, make sure the primary provider (person taking care of the patient consistently) is extremely comfortable with this taking place. This is all based on the condition of the patient, and the readiness of the primary provider.

2. The factors needing to be considered when seeking long-term care for a family member with dementia, is solely based on a full explanation of why, and an agreement between both the family member, and primary provider (person taking care of the patient consistently). Make sure everyone's ok with the move.

3. Preparing the family member for the move is quite simple. Keep the wellist-known family member close to the dementia patient before during, and slightly after the move. Do anything you can to make the patient comfortable.

4. Helping the patient adjust is also pretty simple. Upon arriving at the facility, play a variety of games with the patient, keep they're mind fresh, and most importantly, stay with them closely for they first few weeks. Then, if needed, you can back off to get things done that are needed to be done in the outside world.

5. Bonds between staff and your family member will quickly form within the first week. This is all based on the patient, and how open they are about their situation. Make sure the guarantor keeps in good contact with the facility, so communication is open.
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replied September 3rd, 2010
1) how do you decide it is time to move a family member into long-term care?

If your loved one needs extensive medical care and the equipments you have at home are not enough for his needs, then I think it's time to consider long term care. Nursing homes have 24-hour special units designed for patients with Alzheimer's.


One thing that should keep in mind is the cost of long term care. Long term care is seriously expensive. You'd better purchase long term care insurance policy to cover the costs of long term care and to protect your assets.


2) what factors do you need to consider when seeking long-term care for victims of dementia?


Also in considering long term care, you must answer these qustions:

- Does he/she need 24-hour supervision or special care?
- Would you prefer a facility that specializes in Alzheimer's care?
- How will you pay the costs for long term care?


3) how can you prepare the family member for the move?

The first thing you should do is plan ahead and talk to your loved one about moving to a new facility.

Keep the things such as pictures that will remind him/her of the memories. Accompany your family member during the move. Make sure you spend extra time with him/her and encourage the rest of the relaives and frients to visit
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