My LO has been in AL for about 2 months and is doing quite well. She says she's really happy except for her roommate. I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle it.
Her first roommate lasted 2 days. The lady was quite deaf and almost blind. She yelled out comments very loudly and it was stressful to be around her. She also suffered from severe dementia. I understand that change.
Her current roommate also suffers from dementia. She is more advanced than my LO and isn't very talkative. She also sees things that are not there, such as bugs, but that is not often.
My LO recently says her roommate is a big pain in the behind, though she liked her fine in the beginning. I've asked for specifics, but she can't offer much except that she turned the heat on once. Other than this, the roommate is pleasant, quiet and easy going. I haven't found any of the other residents, except for one who is any more functioning.
I've discussed it with the AL resident coordinator. We suspect that my LO really just wants a roommate who is more conversational. The trouble is, there isn't anyone currently there who is very conversational for more than a few minutes. (Except for those who are in the private apartment section.)
I've discussed with my LO that if she's moved, she could end up with a roommate who is whiny or one that bosses her around. She might not be happy with the next roommate either, but she is undeterred.
I'm not sure what to do. I can't see her finding the perfect roommate.. Any suggestions?