LTC Decisions and Facilities

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   Posted 10/20/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
How does one decide the appropriate time to place an alzheimer's victim in a LTC facility? My Dad isn't at that stage yet, I don't believe, but he may be beginning to have bowel incontinence (is this a symptom of Alzheimers?). I don't think he will co-operate to have his bowel examined ie: sigmoidoscopy. He's become fearful and avoidant of Doctors and hospitals.
Also, do Alzheimer's victims always have to be locked up. I heard of two nursing homes in our area where, rather than lock them in (a locked unit) they have "watchers" who hover around and redirect a seemingly lost confused or angry resident. My dad is six foot four and very strong. I don't know how well he'll take "redirection". Any imput is welcome.

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   Posted 10/20/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I knew the time came to place my Gma in a center is when she was doing odd things in the middle of the night as well as opening doors. I was afraid that she may wander off on me at night. It also came down to the fact that I just couldn't handle it anymore because my own health was suffering as well as the emotional impact it was having on my family (my kids and hubby). So I found a really good assisted living center for her. This place allows them freedom to roam but there are doors that are security locked so they can't wander outside. It has an inner court yard so they can go outside anytime. I think that you will know when is the right time to place your father in a home. Every one is different on how much they can handle. Incontinence can be from various things especially diverticulosis which is very common in the elderly. Does you father take fiber or eat alot of fruits and veggies?

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   Posted 10/22/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
HI there
Upon going in to a home there will be an assessment done and from there they will decide
where to put dad
I worked in a Nursing home eons ago where we had open walk about areas for severe AD pll but the 3rd floor was a locked security ward for AD
I did not take a liking to that at all
But it was not my home

When I had my own we had bracelets put on patients and we never lost one ,,,,,

Incontinince is part of growing old as well as Alzheimers
or there very well could be a medical factor

I wish you all the best and DO hope you will continue to post and stay with us
Red has given great input to you as wel

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