Re: Small town v big city
I would like to clarify that AL is for assisted living and a locked unit or a home for dementia is in another group. A good home for dementia is locked but the residents don't know the lock pad is for the lock. (Some new residents may try to get out but they couldn't unless someone else opens the door by accident.) A dementia unit such as this has the staff who understand dementia and know how to deal with them. They know how to feed the residents in late stage and etc. There are activities that are meant for demented people. An AL is for independent people or the seniors who need some help but basically are on their own (say, someone with heart condition only.)
What your Mom will need is the dementia unit/memory unit. It is locked but it is like a home so the person is not aware of it. My late FIL's NH was a private home for demented people only and it is like a big house in a big yard. It is like hospital rooms inside but each room is like your own room with your decoration.
Some people go to AL first and then transfer to the memory unit when the memory gets worse. My late FIL went directly from his own home to the dementia home in late moderate stage of Alzheimer's.
Last edited by ninamarc; 11-20-2012 at 08:28 AM.