Finding out that your mother is suffering from dementia is devastating news. It unleashes a deluge of emotions ranging from anger to sadness. For daughters, there is often the added burden of making what seems to be an endless number of decisions for mom, including perhaps the most overwhelming one: determining where she will live.
Often families will consider caring for mom at home, then quickly realize (like I did) that as time goes on and symptoms worsen, taking on the responsibility of full-time care is a nearly impossible task. Quite simply, caring for a loved one with dementia becomes a 24-hour-a-day, seven days a week challenge.
In my experience, finding a facility that specialized in the care and housing of individuals with dementia was the best decision not only for me, but also for my mom. Knowing that caring and qualified staff members were attending to her needs around the clock lifted a very real burden. Perhaps most importantly, it allowed my family and me to visit often and truly enjoy the time we had with mom, even when she no longer recognized any of us.
For mom, her new home provided not only physical care, but also an environment with consistency, routine, and structure that weren’t possible at home. I will always look back on those last few years with mom filled by gratitude, for the blessing of a residential facility with expert memory care.
For more information on dementia, and to speak with someone who can help with decisions regarding care, call Andrea Campisi, Director of Marketing and Admissions, The Reutlinger Community. We are happy to answer your questions. (925) 964-2062.