The medications are really wonderful. We never expected them to do what they are doing. When mom first began taking them, her doctor told us they would help, for a while, and here we are, 7 years later. I don't think he really knew at the time how long they would help. Her doctor heads up a dept at a very large teaching hospital in Chicago for memory loss/Alzheimer's/dementia so he's very aware and on top of new drugs, etc. I take mom to see him twice a year and he is so pleased to see how well she is doing.
I have two sisters, so between the three of us, we do see that someone is visiting mom almost every day. One of my sisters is a nurse and works at the facility where mom is living now. She works 3 to 11p, so she is able to check in on mom, tuck her in, make sure to grab her clothes and put them in the laundry basket so she doesn't put them on again the next day...that kind of thing... I try to go in the late afternoon when mom gets bored and anxious and I bring one of my dogs, a Golden Retriever that the residents just love to pet and it gives them all something to chat about. I do work full time, so I try my best to get there to see mom, as I said at least twice a week and sometimes 3 times a week. She doesn't remember the visit, but I do.