The home is top-rated but care/food is not individualized. They give her frozen yogurt when she has a bad cough. She is much higher functioning than the other memory care residents, but she is stuck in an activity room where half the residents are either asleep, comatose, or delusional. Is there any good memory care in California??? Does anyone really care at care homes??
Mom’s hearing aides have a small loop in each on that a light plastic thether can be attached and clipped to the back of her shirt so if she does try to take them out, they shouldn’t be lost.
Mom has declined a bit since she has been in the memory unit, but that’s part of the dementia as well. Two months ago she was in her own home, now this.
Hearing aids can just as easily get lost at home, too. With hearing aids being so light, if an elder takes the hearing aid out themselves, the hearing aid will get wrapped up in a tissue.... then the tissue gets thrown out.
As for activities, I have found not that many want to be part of certain activities when in memory care. My Dad didn't. He was happy staying in his room reading or watching TV. But he really liked being around people from his own generation, and he did like attending activities when there was a guest musician.
Frozen yogurt sounds good for a cough, I'll have to try that :) Could be the memory care found that works best compared to giving a resident cough drops to take which they might choke.
Rachael Wonderlin. This book helped me and my family adjust to the transition to communal living.
Really you can ask for anything to be put on the MAR, i.e., daily showers, twice-daily teeth brushing, make the bed every day, whatever it is you'd like done for her care and comfort can go on the MAR.
My Mom had misplaced her eyeglasses, so I searched and searched. Then I brought with me a small flashlight and searched under the mechanics of Mom's hospital bed. Lo and behold there were her eyeglasses. The glasses were leaning up against the heavy inside legs of the bed where it was very difficult to see them without a flash light.
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