When caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it may come to a point when you can no longer provide adequate care on your own. There is no perfect time to move your loved one into a nursing home. However, there are certain times when nursing home care should be considered.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is important to remember that detection, treatment and stimulation are vital tools to prolonging memory. Isolation and depression are very common in those suffering from Alzheimer’s. That being said, the most valuable asset to someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is their primary caregiver. This person will provide most of the support and interaction that their loved one needs. They will usually also be responsible for ensuring that their loved one attends social events at a senior center or in their community – extremely valuable activities for memory.
Keeping this in mind, when the caregiver becomes overwhelmed or their mental health is compromised then it may be beneficial for the patient and caregiver if a nursing home is considered. As the disease progresses, the caregivers health becomes of a greater concern. If the caregiver can no longer fill the role of primary caregiver could someone else step up and fill that role? If the answer is no, then a nursing home may be beneficial for the health of the caregiver and Alzheimer’s patient.
Socialization and mental stimulation have proven some of the best ways to combat Alzheimer’s. If activities that stimulate the mind and socialization can be done better in a nursing home, then it is also something to consider. In conclusion, you should consider the best way to manage the dementia and the health of the caregiver to determine whether nursing home care is necessary.