Wondering about how your loved one did in memory care?

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Wondering about how your loved one did in memory care....

Has anybody found that memory care helps a loved one? My mom is in independent living with caregivers, but she is declining so much and scared and paranoid. The CCR where she lives wants to discuss AL or memory care. I think she's too far along for AL. I am trying to keep her in her place as long as possible, but have started to wonder if she might be better off with people around 24/7 and people who know dementia and are prepared to deal with it. A couple of people have said they are actually better off bc they feel more functional when they are with others at their level. This place is pretty exclusive and has separate wigs for mild and moderate (and skilled nursing in a separate floor). The other factor is that I heard they only have 1 bed left in memory care and I would not want her placed out as this is 15 min from my work and not much further from my home. Obviously I am feeling guilty about her move, but I also really wonder if it is really caring to leave her on her own so much of the day when she is showing up at the dining room looking for breakfast at night and thinks somebody is stealing all her things ...

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I believe in MC when the time is right. BUT it depends on the facility. Check it out at different times of the day. Since it is close, can you stop and see what is going on during different time periods? Can yo observe how the aides handle the residents? What is the activity schedule and are they things your Mom might join in?
MC worked for my Mom (I feel). She was with people all day long. They checked on her each hour. Brought her to meals. There was outside entertainment regularly along with scout groups, religious services and visitors. None of this happens at home. So for me, I think it worked. BTW I didn't use the MC at the CCC as it was farther from us and didn't have as good a reputation. some were shocked we took her out of the CCC but we were happy with the place we took her to. NOT that it was perfect, but it was better than other options. Believe me when I say we visited 10 different places!!! Good luck
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Mthr has blossomed in Memory Care. She had been living by herself for the last 30 years, and becoming more of a hermit each year. She started wandering at night, and Adult Protective Services asked us to come get her. She's been in MC for about a year, and has made friends easily! She seems to enjoy people stopping by her room and reminding her it's time to eat, and she can still retreat to her room to be alone. She particularly liked winning a treasure box in bingo, and will often work puzzles with the other residents. She's gained back the 40 lbs her cancer stole too, so she's enjoying the food.

Memory Care was the best move we could make. She was a little better off mentally than the other ladies when she first came, but she's right there with them now. She enjoys Sunday entertainment too, even though she claims she does not. The girls all clap and sing along to whatever is being played, and it's like she's in college again. She even called my husband to ask him to call her mother and tell her that she will be coming home for summer break soon, so she must feel that way too. :)
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I have no experience with this, but it would be a plus to avoid at least one move.
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