How to Move a Parent with Dementia to Memory Care

Move A Parent With Dementia

You took on the task of caring for your parent after they received a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis. But, now you feel as though you can’t keep them safe, you’re feeling burnt out, or your parent is bored. Caring for your mom or dad used to be more manageable, but lately, the task is daunting, and you don’t know what to do.

As Alzheimer’s and dementia progress safety risks increase. As a result, care can become more extensive. Moving a parent with dementia to memory care is beneficial to their health and well-being. It’s important to have the right care in place to address memory care needs and behaviors. Memory care communities offer a haven for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Below we’ve put together some tips for moving a parent with dementia to Memory Care.

Visit and Participate

move a parent with dementia
Unfamiliar environments can be scary, depending on the stage of your loved one’s dementia or Alzheimer’s. Visiting and participating in activities can help make new environments more comfortable. Especially when you are present with your loved one. We design activities to help keep residents engaged throughout the day and can help give you insight on daily life for your loved one. Additionally, this gives caregivers and staff the opportunity to get to know your parent or loved one better.

Share their Story

The more staff and caregivers know about your loved one, the more they’re able to support your loved one effectively. Sharing their background and history helps as those with dementia or Alzheimer’s often identify as their younger selves. Additionally, things like their interests, daily routines, and preferred activities can be beneficial.

Moving In

Moving day can be filled with a plethora of emotions from both you and your loved one. Having a plan in place can help this day run smoothly. Work with the community your moving into to identify the best plan of action. It’s common for you or your loved one to get emotional regarding the move. Do your best to encourage your loved one and speak positively about the situation. Get your loved one plugged in right away either participating in a favorite activity or enjoying lunch or dinner at the community.

Include Good Memories

You may think getting new items may help spruce up their new home, but having something familiar is better. Set up their new apartment like home as much as possible. If mom loves to sit in that antique chair, bring the antique chair. Familiar personal items like photographs, furniture, or something else they love will help make the transition easier. Having these personal items can also make them feel more comfortable in their new home.

It Takes Time

Renaissance Villages offer purpose-built apartments in a centralized memory care building. The open concept of the building allows staff and caregivers to keep a close eye on residents, while promoting independence and participation. Activities are tailored to keep residents engaged on a physical, cognitive, sensory, social, emotional, creative, and spiritual level. We work hard to make residents and their families feel comfortable and secure. Please know that we’re here to help every step of the way. Give us a call today if you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour.

Memory Care at Renaissance Villages

You or your loved one may have mixed feelings about their new home. Ultimately, know that adjusting to a new environment can take time. Depending on your loved one, staying away for a few days may be helpful, but do visit often after the transition. Additionally, we recommend not taking your loved one off-site for a week after moving in to help them settle into their new home.

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