For relatives and friends of patients who have dementia, knowing when you can offer care at home and when you need the assistance of a care home is critical.
Choosing to take the patient into a care home is never an easy decision, but in most cases, it proves to be the best decision.
Here are some indicators you can use to determine when it’s time to take a dementia patient to a care home.
When there are mobility issues
Mobility issues are common with age. They might be as a result of dementia and Alzheimer’s or other conditions or previous accidents. Not being able to move makes caring for a dementia patient more complicated, and it becomes a hazard for the caregiver and the patient.
Simple tasks like going to the toilet, bathing, dressing, or even getting into bed come with all sorts of risks. A care home is best suited to provide the patient with the mobility equipment and professional help they need to prevent accidents and get about their life with ease.
When medication management is a challenge
Medication management becomes a challenge when memory loss deteriorates. Medication oversight falls on the caregiver. It’s not only about giving the medication but also watching out for certain signs that might warrant an evaluation and a possible change of medication.
If you have any worries about administering medication at the right time, it’s a good idea to have the patient enrolled in a care home where experts can keep up with the strict schedules and identify any potential problems.
Coming home to find your loved one with dementia is not inside the house is one of the scariest experiences. Dementia patients can get out of the house and start wandering around, and it can be life-threatening.
A care home offers a secure and limited space where the patient can wander without compromising their safety or their life. The close monitoring at care homes also ensures that patients are safe at all times with short response time in case the patient wanders.
The strain on the caregiver
Caring for a dementia patient is no easy task. It’s demanding, tedious and exhausting no matter your age. It is easy for stress to creep in and worsen existing minor problems. If you’re struggling to manage your life and care for a dementia patient, it might be a good idea to consider taking the patient to a care home.
This also applies to caregivers who are not readily available or have to cover a significant distance to check on the patient.
Taking a dementia patient to a care home could be the best decision you take. It might not feel like it at first. But after a while, seeing the excellent care and concern and the improved state of the patient, it quickly becomes apparent that it is the best thing you could have done for those you love.