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Are Alzheimer's Patients Periodically Moved Depending on their Condition?

by Carole Larkin, Alzheimer's & Dementia Expert
August 01, 2013

Question: Would a patient be moved to different rooms/floors periodically as his/her condition worsens?

Answer:

That is a decision usually made on a community by community basis. That said, the best communities try to keep residents that are near the same functioning level together, at least during waking hours. It cuts depression levels for those who are higher functioning to constantly be faced with lower functioning individuals. Some communities house by “neighborhoods within the larger community itself. Some communities have more than one unit, perhaps 2 or more divided by functioning level. In that case, a person would normally move from unit to unit as function declines. Some larger communities with both an assisted living memory care unit and a nursing home memory care unit move the person from assisted living to nursing home as memory and life skills fade. It’s hard to generalize this answer, but I guess I’d say on the whole yes, they are moved.

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Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, QDCS, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX.

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