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At my mom's NH, there are quite a few that get checked out on Friday evening and back in on Sunday. There seems to be paperwork regarding their medication and the release of them that is required.

I'll echo the others on doing a long day away to see how it goes. Just until recently, I would take my mom to her old hairdresser for a perm when I was in for a visit. She would basically spend the better part of the day and usually there were ladies she knew who came in to get their hair done. Then we would do dinner out. She was totally ambulatory and able to potty on her own. She fell like 3 times in the past month and her level of hallucinations are pretty constant, so field trips of a full day or overnight are just not feasible anymore. This could be another long phase of cognitive loss for her (she has Lewy Body Dementia) and maybe this spring we can go back to doing field trips. But you have to kinda be realistic if you do.
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I think geewiz is right about trying some short outings and short visits home before an overnight.
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Have you taken her out at all? How long has she been in the facility? When I took my Mom to my house for Christmas (2011) I planned for it to be a short visit with a small group. There were just 6 including her. And she was here for about 3 hours with a meal served. She did all right and I am glad I did it. The director asked how the visit went and I said I thought it went well. She said it was smart that it was for a short amount of time and a small group of immediate family. If you aren't too far, you might want to just try short outings to start. Most of us don't see what goes on in the facilities -- especially at night. Sundowning is difficult for me to handle and I'd hate to get in the middle of it and not be able to resolve it. Good luck whatever you decide.
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This is a tough one to answer, rdjrich. If you could bring her home without it confusing or frustrating her, it should be alright. However, the first consideration should be how it will affect her. Maybe you can talk to the staff at the facility to see what they would recommend. They should be able to tell you if it is encouraged and how they think your wife would do for the weekend.

It is definitely okay to take residents out for a while. A weekend should be fine, but only if it doesn't confuse. I hope it works out.
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