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Alzheimer Care: Deciding to Stay Home or Move Out?
Monday, October 02, 2006
How do you know when you need to go from home visits to moving somewhere?
thousands of families are faced with the difficult circumstances and
decisions that come with Alzheimer disease. For support, guidance and a
helping hand, contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer Society at
(403) 250-1303 or toll-free 1-888-233-0332, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . . . they can help you understand the disease better and the most appropriate alternatives for your mother.
never easy determining when the time is right to find an alternative
living arrangement for a loved one with Alzheimer disease but a basic
rule of thumb . . . if you're concerned about your mother's safety,
health or general well-being, then there's a good chance that it's
time, particularly should you feel that she is at risk of wandering
from her home. One thing to keep in mind is that while competent, your
mother should be given the opportunity to be involved in decisions
relating to her future living arrangements and care.
to ensure that the best decisions are made, it is advisable to seek
professional help. A functional assessment of your mother's needs,
strengths and abilities, social circumstances, safety and security, as
well as the degree of support realistically to be provided by family,
should be undertaken. I recommend that you contact your local Regional
Health Authority at 403-943-1110; they should be able to help you in