There are different kinds of dementia care. You can choose respite care if the primary caregiver must take a break. You can choose day care if you can attend to the family member after work. You can have an attendant at home so your loved one does not have to live the residence. You may also consider moving the patient to a live-in dementia care facility. There are advantages and disadvantages of each of these options and you must make an informed decision. Here are three reasons to choose to live in dementia care.
• A live-in dementia care facility will have proactive and active monitoring. This is not to say that your loved one will have someone next to them every minute of the day and night. However, there will be some nursing, caring or support staff around. The live-in dementia care facility will ensure round the clock monitoring, well beyond what is physically possible at home or by a part time caregiver. Even if you have two care givers at home, the approach would be more methodical at a live-in dementia care facility. Active monitoring is something many nursing and support staff specialise in. Proactive monitoring is more challenging. This requires special expertise in live in dementia care. Some nursing staff or caregivers know how to plan certain activities that would help them to assess the health of the patient. This is possible at home, but a live-in dementia care facility would do a better job.
• The proactive and active monitoring will help with comprehensive assessments, some in real time and some over a period of weeks or months. These assessments will help the staff to become familiar with the patients and accordingly they can work on some bespoke responses. Every person suffering from dementia will act and react in a certain way. The actions and reactions are not always consistent but there will be a natural tendency. The regular monitoring can help the attendants to care for the patient in a truly bespoke manner. They can plan subsequent activities based on the progress recorded or to regulate worsening symptoms. All such responses cannot be planned if a caregiver spends a limited amount of time with a patient.
• There will be more than one caregiver at a live-in dementia care. There will be a systematic approach documenting every progress and worsening symptom. This enables the facility to chalk out a strategy for optimum care without being completely dependent on any one individual or a particular approach. The effectiveness of such a strategy is certainly more profound.