My 93 yr old mom has been in NH in MD since May. Prior to that she lived alone. She went there as rehab patient after pacemaker, fell & broke her hip in late June. Her dementia has definitely progressed after the hospital stays & a UTI. However, she's usually calm & content except for a bit of confusion here & there. She participates in most activities, plays bingo 3x's a week, mostly independent. She cannot walk & wheels around the 3 units because she gets bored. She likes to be around people.
I'm sure she needs help getting back to her room & will say "Help,help". The staff all know her well & usually redirect her, get her a snack. But the administration doesn't seem to like when she's wheeling around & they think she should move to the memory care unit on a different floor. My mother-in-law was in this unit for 2 weeks so I have firsthand experience & I truly don't think my mom needs to be there. I feel that this move would really confuse her & the atmosphere would make her worse. My 2 sisters & I take turns so 1 of us visits everyday & spends 2-3 hrs with her. The aides all seem to like her & do say that occasionally she doesn't want to go to bed & says she wants to go home. She def has signs of Alzheimer's & asks about routines & if she stays there, etc. But most days are good. She can still solve a Wheel of Fortune game, follows worship service reading, and has a sense of humor. Admin wants to meet with me to discuss her move. This would be awful with Christmas coming.