Fool’s Gold

All that glitters is not gold. When choosing a place for a loved one with dementia it is very important to research what is truly being offered. Is it simply a secured unit? Does it have a different staffing ratio? Is  the staff  trained in dementia care? An individual with dementia has unique activity needs. How is that accommodated on the unit?  Is the unit designed to encourage reminiscence?

As a caregiver, you are very aware of the unique challenges your loved one presents in the face of medication; meals; loss of independence. How is the facility prepared to meet these challenges? Is the nursing staff sufficient? How many hands are available in the evenings, nights, weekends? Is the activity schedule maintained throughout the week?

Too often we, as caregivers, seek placement after months of exhaustion.  We make decisions based on proximity to home; smell; price; an engaging marketer.  If we begin shopping before the need is critical, we can use true alchemy to see if what glitters is indeed gold.

About Cate

Passionate about dementia care and quality of life throughout the last days of life----sums up Cate McCarty, Dr. Cate, Dementia Coach. With close to forty years of long-term care experience in nursing and recreation, a Master's in Thanatology and a PhD in Aging Studies, Dr. Cate seizes every opportunity to translate research into quality of life for individuals with dementia and all of us who have the honor to "rub elbows" with them.
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2 Responses to Fool’s Gold

  1. Bronwyn says:

    Great analogy and good advice. It’s always better to be proactive than reactive…

  2. Cate says:

    Thanks for prompting me to reflect some more:)

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