Written by Active Minds on Wednesday the 20th of March 2019.
Making the decision to move your loved one into a care home can be a difficult and emotional choice, and one that many people struggle with. Feelings of guilt are common, however, whilst these emotions are completely normal, you must remember that you are not letting your loved one down and far from it. The move into a care home will be in their best interest, as it will keep them safe, secure and cared for 24 hours a day.
There are many different reasons that someone may be ready to move in to a care home but here are a few of the most common.
Increased Care Needs
If your loved one has started to require increased care, such as needing help getting dressed, going to the toilet or eating, then home care may become too challenging. Your loved one may need round the clock care that a home visiting carer would not be able to provide, or, if you are the sole carer, your loved ones needs may have become more complex and it may be time to consider a care home.
Most common in those later in their dementia journey, confusion and memory loss can lead to your loved one wandering their home or even venturing outdoors. Wandering can be especially dangerous should they leave the home and become lost. Care homes monitor your loved one, making sure that they are safe 24 hours a day and comfortable should they become confused as to where they are.
As a person’s dementia progresses everyday activities may become more difficult and as a result more dangerous. Memory loss can lead to things such as forgetting when appliances such as the hob have been left on or perhaps forgetting to take their medications at the appropriate times, which could lead to further health problems.
Later stage dementia can often cause people to experience issues with walking and balance which can lead to falls and the possibility of injury, especially problematic if your loved one lives alone. A care home would provide constant attention and care, so falls would be less likely and should a fall occur you could rest easy that any injury as a result of the fall would be tended to.
If you are the sole carer for your loved one then you may find that you have started to experience increased stress, depression and anxiety. Caring for someone living with dementia, whilst incredibly rewarding, can also have detrimental effects on your mood and health. Deciding to move your loved one into a dementia care home will help your mental and physical health as you will no longer be doing everything alone.
There is no doubt that the decision to move your loved one into a care home is incredibly tough and one that should not be taken lightly. However, if your loved one is starting to display some of the behaviours described above, or if you are experiencing fatigue and stress associated with their care, then a dementia care home may be the right option. A care home will ensure your loved one is safe, secure and thoroughly cared for, giving you peace of mind.