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ALF for "Memory Care"
Anonymous
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Originally posted by: InMemoryOf

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Originally posted by tarabl:
We just placed my mom in a Sunrise on May 19. I can not say enough about the care and concern of the staff there all the way from the people who are in the dining area to the people who are care consultants. The director makes sure to address each individual by first name and comments on their appearances too. The two people I have dealt with in the business/admissions have been absolutely wonderful and if there is an issue it is literally address within minutes.

The place puts the residents first and has lots of hugs and kind words for each and every resident. I love the way it is personalized with photo albums at every sitting area for residents and families/friends to view.



And so it damn well ought to be....without exception!!!!!
Anonymous
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Originally posted by: Mimi S.

ALF = Assisted Living Facility. One is fairly independent and not in a locked unit. However, help is given for whatever activities of daily living such as medications, bathing, laundry are needed. Usually three meals a day are provided, versus one or two in Independent Living.

Memory Care Units or Dementia Care Units go by a myriad of names. Some of these are not secure. A bell rings when the patients walks out a door. And the place gets upset when this happens repeatedly. Sometimes the bell is ignored and the patient can wander for a while.

A locked unit is necessary. This means usually that anyone can get in, but one only gets out by knowing the key code.

Some of these have secure outdoor spaces. Some of these are always available, Others only if they have staff to supervise. Check.

These units are usually the last step down. The person needs full time supervision. however, still check what activites are provided. There should be several per day. When you visit and revisit, is everyone in wheelchairs sleeping in the day room or around th nursing station? Not good.

When the time comes, the staff can call in Hospice.

Sometimes a nursing home will be needed. That is for a person who has no mobility. If it takes two people to move a person, either you can sometimes pay extra at an ALF or a move to a nursing home is required.

A great read re ALFs is Dancing with Rose. Your library either has it or can get it for you.
Internal Administrator
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Joined: 1/14/2015
Posts: 40463


Originally posted by: Karma

My dad originally thought about putting my mom in a nursing home, but I told him about ALF's for memory care, which he said he didn't think existed 5 years ago when he had to put my aunt in a home.

I was not happy when I heard that my dad wanted to put my mom in a home, a home that isn't their home of 20 years, but I think that it is a success story. These places really should be considered, as more and more pop up across the country. Some are locally owned and others are national chains. My mom is at a Sunrise facility (national chain). The local Alz's Assn gave us a list of the places in our area. The family specialist person can tell you if he/she's heard of problems with a place. Also, be sure to check their state reports.
Anonymous
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Originally posted by: ihill

I placed my father on Tuesday at a memory care facility. He seem to be adjusting ok but I am having a rough time. I keep second quessing myself - did I make this deceision too fast, could of done more at home, etc... He has looked wonderful everytime I go by and feel very comfortable with the staff. The first few days he was ready to go with me & my husband when we visited but on Saturday he told me not to worry about him that he was ok.

I've spent the past year just wanting some time to myself but since he has moved I don't seem to know what to do with myself. I didn't expect the feelings of grief. I also realized that all the time I spent at his house was "doing"....meals, dishes, cleaning, helping him get dressed, etc....so when I go visit I don't know how to just spend time with him. Any ideas for how to just spend quality time with him and try to engage him during my visits. I will start to bring him to my home to visit like always but not until he had had some time to settle in. Sorry, I'm rambling!

Irene
Anonymous
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Originally posted by: tarabl

We just placed my mom in a Sunrise on May 19. I can not say enough about the care and concern of the staff there all the way from the people who are in the dining area to the people who are care consultants. The director makes sure to address each individual by first name and comments on their appearances too. The two people I have dealt with in the business/admissions have been absolutely wonderful and if there is an issue it is literally address within minutes.

The place puts the residents first and has lots of hugs and kind words for each and every resident. I love the way it is personalized with photo albums at every sitting area for residents and families/friends to view.

Yes I know there will be issues but so far my expectations have been exceeded and the way have gone above their "job duty" for my mother is outstanding. I have the absolute satisfaction that mom is very well cared for and safe. The worry of her being hurt or isolated is gone. Adjustment has been hard but the staff has been a sounding board for me and have helped me through some very difficult days.

Sunrise was the absolute best decision for us.
Anonymous
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Originally posted by: InMemoryOf

If I may be so curious, what exactly do they do for clients in "memory" care facilities. How different than Assisted Living is this? Thanks in advance.
Anonymous
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Originally posted by: Wildhair

Irene, I have only imagined not having my Mom with me,often I feel like I would be sooo.... free, and long to do our own things with my husband. Other times I wonder what I would do, not feeling needed, not doing or caring, but leaving that in the hands of others.

My mother hasn't known me for quite awhile. And if we have enriched her life I can't say she has remembered, I wonder sometimes why we keep her home. I just quess it is because I am supposed to care for her, a least for now. Red Face
Anonymous
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 2:02 PM
Originally posted by: LPT

What is an ALF?

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Karma:
My dad originally thought about putting my mom in a nursing home, but I told him about ALF's for memory care, which he said he didn't think existed 5 years ago when he had to put my aunt in a home.
QUOTE]
 
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