When should a parent with Alzheimer's be placed in a memory care unit?
Dad died March 6th in a nursing home. Mom was there with him for 2 weeks priior to his death. My sister and I wanted to keep her there but she eloped several times and we were told we had to find a Memory Care unit. After much looking we found one, but yesterday when we visited she seemed better than all the rest of the residents. We wonder if we put her in a place too soon. I don't know all the stages of Alzheimers. I am 18 years younger than mom, but been a caregiver of husband, grandchildren, etc. and have a part time job as well. I don't know how I can keep her at home while I work; however the guilt of leaving her at the Memory Care unit is eating me up. It is too far away to visit but once a week. She has only been there one week.