• holycow holycow
    July 07, 2008
    What are the effects on the patient of moving from one nursing home to another?
    holycow holycow
    July 07, 2008

    My brother-in law is in a nursing home about a 45 minute drive away from my sister. She goes to visit him everyday. He does recognize her and he is devastated when she does not go to see him. Visiting in the summer is doable since the roads are okay and the daylight is longer. But in winter the driving conditions are often extremely hazardous. He was placed in this nursing home from a hospital. It was the one that was available at that time. He seems to do very well there. My sister is pleased with his care and environment. The bottom line is that there is a place closer which has a good reputation, where more family and friends would be more inclined to visit. She is extremely reluctant to move him because she is afraid the move to a different environment would negatively impact him. Could you point me to any articles or research addressing this topic?

     

    Thank you very much.

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  • NC
    NC
    July 07, 2008
    NC
    NC
    July 07, 2008

    THE AFA social service executive answered a similar question some time ago:

    http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/question/56623/29186

    Hope his answer helps.

     

    I heard that changing homes does affect the patient. However if you need to do what you need to do, then it may be worth a shot. The key is your sister can be closer. Maybe she can ask the administrator of the new home to assist her by talking to him and etc.


    Good luck,
    Nina

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  • NC
    NC
    July 07, 2008
    NC
    NC
    July 07, 2008

    BTW, I want to add that family and friends are important to the patient. So if being closer will bring more family and friends, it would be a plus unless the new home is too expensive or has problems. e.g, my father-in-law has advanced Alzheimer's and he still wants to see my husband very much and still wants to see his lady frends although he forgets after he sees the friends. He feel insecure so any close family or friend coming to see him is a plus. Unfortunately most people don't know how to help people with adavned Alzheimer's and are not willing to become like a caregiver and treat them like kids or patients. So naturally friends don't come too often. But if it is closer to your sister, it would be important because he will rely on her for sure.

    In this our alzhiemer's site, there are lots of info. about nursing home. Just click on the topic nursing home in the post areas. Christine's and Carol's posts are helpful.

     

    Regards,

    Nina

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