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.