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Care Transitions: Is it Time for Move from Independent to Assisted Living?
How do I know when it is time to move mom into the assisted side, she is on the independent side at a Senior Living Center. She fell in the shower and broke a rib, has UTI and won't drink water when I tell her to. We do have a caregiver hired to give her her medications and make sure she goes to meals. We have also asked her to help with her showers until her rib heals and the caregiver called me to let me know my mom was sick so I could take her to the doc. The caregiver is very good.
Hi CharD, If you're still considering this decision and move...
Please do discuss your concerns and questions with the senior living center team caring for your mom. A geriatric care manager may also assist you in assessing her needs and coordinating care: https://www.caring.com/local/geriatric-care-managers
Here is more information about the differences between independent living, assisted living and nursing home care: https://www.caring.com/articles/residential-care-options-comparison
Here's an overview of the seven best resources for Alzheimer's caregiving help: https://www.caring.com/articles/best-resources-alzheimers-help
Caring.com also has a falls and dementia info center: https://www.caring.com/falls-and-dementia, as well as Q&A about UTI prevention: https://www.caring.com/questions/uti-prevention -- featuring expert input from geriatrician Leslie Kernisan
Please consider posting reviews of the care providers you interview and/or hire -- to help other families in their search: https://www.caring.com/questions/uti-prevention
I hope these suggestions are helpful. Please let us know if you need more. Thanks!
In-Home Care: Found a New Agency Through Caring.com
Caring for Mom: What's Best Way to Help Her When She Refuses Help?
Hi Lexie, Sorry to hear about this challenge with your mom -- thanks for sharing, and thanks to all who shared suggestions! Here are some resources on Caring.com that may likewise be helpful...
Alzheimer's Behavior Problems info center The Difficult Behaviors slideshow has includes strategies you can try with your mom: https://www.caring.com/slideshows/difficult-behaviors
Your Custom Care Guide has specific symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia, and how to handle them: https://www.caring.com/my/care-guide
This info center includes a wide range of content about Alzheimer's, with ways to slow the progression, ease many symptoms, and offer comfort: https://www.caring.com/alzheimers
You mentioned that your mom won't accept help from others. These tips can help you to persuade your mom to accept an elder companion or in-home caregiver to assist with her care and give you and your husband some breaks from caregiving: https://www.caring.com/articles/how-to-get-your-loved-one-to-accept-an-elder-companion
Caring.com also has information about Power of Attorney and adult guardianship: https://www.caring.com/senior-money-legal and https://www.caring.com/adult-guardianship
Info to help you with your arthritis: https://www.caring.com/rheumatoid-arthritis
Caregiver burnout is also something to be concerned about, and here are some strategies to help you cope with the stress of caregiving and avoid burnout: https://www.caring.com/caregiver-stress
I hope these suggestions are helpful. Please do let us know if you need more. Thanks!
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