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Assisted living for Alzheimer's Stage 6 patient

Posted by: stevemadden09 on 3/29/2011 10:55:06 AM

A close family member of mine has lived in a local assisted living facility for just a little over 2 years.

He is 78 years old and currently in Stage 6 of Alzheimer's Disease. Last month he slipped and fell and broke his leg. After his surgery he was discharged to a local skilled nursing center that specialized in surgery recovery and physical therapy. He recently got out of a wheelchair and is starting to use a walker but only with assistance from his therapists, without their assistance he stays in his wheelchair.

My wife thinks we should transfer him to a nursing home full time, one that specializes in memory care for Alzheimer's. We think he will require too much assistance with his daily tasks to remain in an assisted living home. The assisted living facility will have an evaluation soon, but I'm not sure how thorough this will be.

Has anyone been in a similar situation or have any advice on whether we should transfer him to a nursing home or keep him in assisted living?

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Re: Assisted living for Alzheimer's Stage 6 patient

Posted: 12/26/2009 12:56am

Hello Steve. At stage 6 Alzheimer's I think he will require almost around the clock care and assistance.

I'd be interested to see how the evaluation goes, even if they decide to admit him I would suggest getting a second opinion, a nursing home might be a better option.

Good luck!


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Re: Assisted living for Alzheimer's Stage 6 patient

Posted: 12/26/2009 12:56am

I agree, it sounds like he will need care 24/7 and not the type of care an assisted living facility can provide. Have you searched for any memory care units near him?


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