My father has dementia and it's getting to the point where I can no longer care for him. Where is a place that he can live and be safe?


Dad and I have been living at home together. He's had a head injury and can't walk. If he stands up alone, he'll fall. Tonight I peeked into his room and happened to see him trying to stand up. He told me he was going to go upstairs and get a good book to read. There's no way he can actually do that. Right now I'm spending the night awake on the floor in his bedroom. I can't do this forever. If he's going to keep thinking he can stand, we won't be able to keep living here together. What do I do? Where can he live where he will be safe?

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I don't know where he can live, but as for the getting out of bed unassisted, how about using what hospitals use? They had a sensor under the sheet of my mothers hospital bed that warned them of her getting up by herself. They also could put it under the blanket that she sat on in the chair too.
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Here is one place you can check : Presbyterian Home . go to seach and type in Presbyterian Homes of (what state you are in ) . The homes that they have are of the best as far as really caring for the residents. They accept medicaid if that were to be an issue and it does not matter who has or has not , all are treated with reapect by the people that work there. I worked at one for a while and I was really inpressed, I could take care of the residents just like they needed and deserved to be. No one is ever put out , they only way they leave other than by choice or family choice is by passing away. I have the up most respect for them.
Go to different places, they will tell you just what you want to hear. While there talk to some of the residents, they will tell you how it is or go back and talk to the residents and listen to how the workers talk to them. You would be amazed at what you will find out doing this.
I give you credit for seeing where him being safe is the issue. That is what it comes down to and believe me -- 99.9% of people don't really want to put their family in homes , they have to for safty reasons. It takes a lot to be that strong. I know, I had to deal with that decision with my grandmother and my son's greatgrandmother. So hold you head up, you are on the right track.
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