Both of my parents are deaf and both are dealing with dementis. They are in a nursing home that has some nurses that know sign language and the place is funded by the Deaf Alumni. Since I have to have them in a special nursing home I cannot have them living near me. They live about 45 miles away and about an hours drive. They use to be in a nursing home where no one knew how to communicate with them and I had them moved. I get a call daily that they found them on the floor and then my dad fell and cut his head and wanted to know if I wanted them to take him to the hospital.. now they are going to put him in a ambulance without anyone to communciate with him and then hopefully the hospital will be able to get an interpreter. I am not happy about that and the nurse stated that they could watch his vitals and then see if he really needed to go to the hospital. Does anyone else out there get daily calls from the nursing home? The calls are really stressing me out because I am not sure what to do with this information?
As we have so little Deaf services to begin with, i cannot imagine Deaf with Dementia. Please, keep in touch with me and educate me of your journey.
Although I have no experience in working with Deaf adults with Dementia, I am interested in hearing more about your journey.
My suggestion to you is to remind the nursing home that they are REQUIRED by the ADA to program ASL interpreters. If they give you a hard time, report them not only to the ADA board but to the NAD.