- Keep in mind that a person with dementia depends on his or her familiar
setting for cues about what to do. Moving represents a major loss.
- Get buy-in from your family and involve your loved one as much as possible while
making the decision to move. Professional guidance can help.
- A support group can help you deal with transition issues. If you’ve moved your loved
one to a facility, look into its family support programs.
Get the answers you need from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
At some point, your loved one’s condition may necessitate a move to a different
care environment. Even if he or she opposes the move, involve your loved one in
the plans for the move as much as possible.
Changes in surroundings are often disturbing for those with dementia, so be prepared
for a period of adjustment. The person may be upset for a while and may take extra
time to learn his or her way around the new space.
On the day of the move, stay with your loved one at the facility and reassure him
or her repeatedly that everything will be fine. Consider staying most of the day
or having dinner at the residence. Visit frequently and for longer periods at the
beginning, tapering off to shorter visits as the weeks progress and your loved one
becomes more comfortable.
It’s helpful to make a list of suggestions, habits, patterns of behavior and other
information for the staff. You may even ask a specific staff member to provide extra
attention on the first shift during which your loved one will be alone.
Learn more from the experts at the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.