What does a memory care unit offer? What are the pros-cons-? What is the importance of it in a NH?

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MY MOM IS IN A NURSING HOME..I HAVE A FEW PROBLEMS WITH THE HOME..I HAD A INTAKE APPOINTMENT WITH MEDICADE/MEDICAID(SHE WAS IN LOUISIANA AND SHE WAS ON MEDICAID SO I HAD TO GET HER APPROVE HERE IN ORG.) HER AND SHE IS SAYING BECAUSE MY MOM IS IN OVER ALL GOOD HEALTH AND THE ONLY THING WRONG IS SHE HAS ALZHEIMER"S..THAT I SHOULD PUT HER IN A MEMORY HOME..I HOPE THIS IS A GOOD DECISION....THANKS..SO THOUGHTS THANKS
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Hi, my 91-yr old mom is in a dementia (lockdown) unit IN a nursing home in MI. Her hall has only 16 ladies in eight rooms. She has her own "studio apartment" on one side of the room divider/curtain, and shares bathroom/shower with neighbor. The unit's much cozier and homier than the general population, with a smaller cheery dining room, and large airy TV/activity room. It isn't institutional at all, and that's exactly what the facility is aiming for. We're happy with her care, cleanliness, and meal/snack choices...although more fiber would be helpful! ;-) Her behavior isn't much different than when in her own home, and I can sleep a lot easier knowing she's being well-cared for, and is no longer isolated. Also, she could never have afforded Memory Care AL, and is now on Medicaid, for which we're very thankful. LPNs, CNAs and RNs are there 24/7, and PT offered five days a week. Best wishes in your search!! ♥
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A friend's mother was in a Memory Care home and I visited and it was very nice, a much better atmosphere than NH. Of course, both of her daughters were there daily to help with everything, so there was less stress about being alone. Also, she was the type of person that seemed to mellow as her dementia worsened. soem are just the other way, get more cantankerous! All in all, if the person is able-bodied physically, but needs that care mentally, this situation seemed like a very good one to me.
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Memory Care for Dementia Alzheimer patents, is less expensive than a Nursing Home, and most provide more of a home-like atmosphere as compared to the more sterile atmosphere of a nursing home. This is the way to go rather than a Nursing Home in my opinion. Residents have their own private room or semi-private room, a dining room where they all eat together, and a a sitting room with t.v., etc.

They offer 3 meals a day plus a snack, provide care for incontinence, bathing/showering, dressing, a licensed nurse for medication administration, and activities. Do a search for my recent posting for more insight (Assisted Living Memory Care Hygiene).

My Mom is in one of these Memory Care units and there has been some problems, but don't let this stop you from visiting a few of these to find the right one for your loved one. As with anything, there are good ones and and bad ones.
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