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Where can a person with dementia stay temporarily so the caregiver can take a vacation?



Hello, Senior day care in my area of Southern California is only "DAY" care form 7:00am- 5:00pm, no over night stay. I got my mother with Alzheimers evaluated and had a TB test done. Once the test was negative she was allowed to use the facilitates when I needed respite. Their price were $10 an hour social group (those who didn't need too much medical care, just some assistance with bathroom) or $75 for medical group (Those how needed more help with feeding, walking, or therapy).
Board and Care is great for overnight stay for several days minimum, contact your physician or local convalescent hospital for referrals. These are small residential homes trained in senior care housing six elderly needing assistance. Some have alarms for Dementia patients due to wandering. A little expensive can start from $150 day and up. I've use them several times when I needed a vacation or respite desperately. I just told my mom that I have to tend to matters this whole week and can't take care of her, there's no one else who will take care of her, she can't stay alone. Plus the doctor referred is was a good place. Check it out before you place your parent in a facility for respite. Make sure you feel comfortable there and your parent will safe there. Ask questions; how long in business, licensed, any complaints, training, etc...
Another option is "Assisted living". These facilities are much large than "Board and Care" with 50--60 residents, but most specialize in Dementia and Alzheimer's having unique programs for memory care, alarms for wandering, full nurses on staff in case of emergencies. Their price are much higher-$185+ day only taking patients for over seven days, but must make reservation to see if they have any openings available.
Lastly, you can place them in a convalescent home for a week or more. It's very expensive $200+ day just for room and board, extra for laundry, medication and any extras.
Take the vacation you need, don't feel guilty, you need it to better care yourself and care for your love one. Think of the money you need to pay for respite as part of your vacation expenses.

Visit different facilities, ask question before you want to go on vacation, then decide on a place for your love one. Good luck to you.