Making the decision to move
Making the decision to move the person you have been caring for to a long-term care home is one of the most difficult decisions you will have to make. However, it may also be necessary, for both your well-being and that of the person you are caring for. You may want to talk over your decision with your family physician or a social worker.
Being prepared can help make this decision less stressful. Often, when a vacancy becomes available in a long-term care home, you will need to make a quick decision about accepting it. Familiarize yourself with the long-term care homes in your area and ask questions about the services, policies and costs of the home beforehand. This will help you make the best decision.
A number of resource people can help you in your search for an appropriate long-term care home. These may include your local Alzheimer Society, support groups, friends or family, doctors, faith leaders, social workers, social service agencies or local organizations for seniors.
Last Updated: 12/16/11