Carol Howell Talks Dementia: Dementia and “Nesting”

Look closely at the picture. Do you see the bird perched in its nest? This Momma bird will soon have little baby birds to show for her efforts. She is “nesting,” and she seems very intent.

My Momma has a “nesting” quality about her. She loves to be home. Momma has mid-stage Alzheimer’s, and she has lived in her assisted living community for over six years. She is so very content and happy. She likes nothing more than to be in her apartment, enjoying her life, and experiencing the feelings of security that come from living there. (Okay, actually, Momma likes SLEEPING better than everything in the world, but that is a subject for another day).

I know other people who have experienced similar situations, even if they get help and read more about options for this for their loved ones. It seems universal that having some sort of community helps immensely, even if it is just a consistent person delivering a meal.

I offer free assistance to families seeking an assisted living or memory care community for their loved one. I offer this to people all over the country. So give me a call if you are thinking of making the move. But if you are NOT thinking of making the move, I wonder if you might reconsider.

Studies show individuals with dementia live longer and have a better quality of life if they live in an assisted living or group home setting. Why is this true? It is almost impossible for the average family to offer the same care available in a GOOD assisted living on a consistent basis, keep the meals cooked, the laundry tasks completed, the house clean, errands run, AND plan appropriate activities for each day. This would require a Wonder Woman to accomplish. Add to that the necessity to hold down jobs and raise children-and the tasks becomes almost impossible to handle.

Assisted Living communities like this Milwaukee Assisted Living Placement can offer a suitable living environment for seniors. These facilities help an individual with dementia to participate in life with folks who are similar to them, and they would naturally enjoy it. They would receive good nutrition three times a day, have scheduled appropriate activities, and medications are given at the same time each day without delay. They experience a person who is more in touch with life than they previously were. However, to make the right decision regarding shifting to an assisted living center or community, it might be best to learn about the concept of assisted living fully. That said, individuals who wish to learn more about the concept can speak to senior advisors to obtain a complete understanding.

Remember that nesting and contentment are part of our lives from our early days. Your loved one with dementia will fare better if the decision to move to assisted living is made as early as possible. Don’t wait until you are forced to make the move because health declines so drastically that skilled nursing care is needed. Make the move while your loved one can form friendships and develop a “life” at their new assisted living home. Alternatively, you could always consider, if your community does not currently have any assisted living facilities, getting together and seeking out the help of a senior living consultant, to look a possibly building an assisted living complex for the community.

I am thrilled to help you find the best community for your budget, arrange the tours, help negotiate discounts, and see if there is any money available to help with the expenses. Remember-My service is FREE!

Hope that gives you Something to Ponder.

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