By law, assisted living facilities must provide residents with the highest feasible level of care in terms of physical, mental and social well-being. If the facility receives federal funds, it must meet certain standards as set forth in the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. If you or a loved one is considering moving to such a facility, you will have a lot of questions, including how matters of safety and security are handled.
While there are certain medically related causes for memory loss, such as thyroid, kidney, brain or liver disorders, other symptoms might point to AD, or Alzheimer's disease. Memory loss itself may be inconsistent; a person may remember the name of a pet one day and forget it the next. In addition to memory issues, there are several other behaviors that may signal the onset of AD.
When your loved one is in a nursing home, you want to be confident that he or she is receiving the best care possible, and that includes any medications given. Since it is not possible for you to be on hand all the time, you must depend on the experience and professionalism of others, but that does not mean that you should be kept out of the information loop.
Finding someone to look after a parent or parents can be a difficult proposition, but it may be a more desirable alternative to a nursing home or senior living facility. If the parent(s) is/are essentially healthy, care may only amount to homemaker services where someone would drive, look after personal care, cook, clean, monitor medication consumption, do laundry, run errands, attend doctors appointments, and/or other day-to-day tasks.
See how quickly you can answer the following questions: Who will take care of you when you reach an age where you can't care for yourself? Where will you live? And how will you pay for it?