What is the line between independent and assisted living?
Hello! Thank God for the Internet. I am a 28-year-old caring for my 86-year-old grandma. I have been around for the last four years helping her with small things like trips to the store/doctor/etc.
Recently though, while she was in the hospital for stomach problems, the doctor said she may have the onset of dementia. I've noticed some forgetfulness in her over the last year, but nothing dangerous.
Problem: I am scheduled to leave for a job overseas in five months where I would only have phone contact with her for a year.
I am the only one in my family who is around.
My grandma currently lives in a senior apt complex. She has no problems with her ADL's and has a neighbor and pastor in the building that check on her. But some people say I should be put her in an ALF before I leave as a precaution. I'm wondering if taking her away from her support would be detrimental and if she really needs an ALF yet. I could always fly back if there was trouble.
I am unsure what to do....