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I am curious about the second floor at the facility where I go on a regular basis to care for my 91 years old client, who is diagnose with Dementia.
It is fare to say that today she is experiencing signs and symptoms of moderate Alzheimer’s.
The facility is one of the finest in this state and many think that, only the best care is offered on all levels. That is true, however there is no way that any one client will get the one on one care that is necessary in Dementia cases when client is placed in a larger mixed community.
Facilities today do not offer one on one personal care, therefore in some cases the ratio of care to client can range from 1 to 4 to even 1 to 8, while some care takers are expected to participate in other chores like: housekeeping, dining room preparation and food service.
While the facilities may not have the budget to provide one on one care, client’s family members are free to bring in private professional care givers, who are usually CNAs (Certified Nurses Assistants) or HHAs (Home Health Aid) these are individuals who are trained to manage the everyday needs of the senior client placed in their charge. While this is an excellent way to balance the need for help in these areas of care, I still wonder why community members are screened and are taken away to the 2nd floor if diagnosed with Dementia.
When the clients are moved to the 2nd floor they are removed from the general population. They are no longer allowed to eat in the general dining room or participate in any other community activities other than what is provided on the 2nd floor. In order to enter that floor you must be given an access code. The client in most cases remains in seclusion until her or she is taken out on a gurney or is ambulanced off the hospital and never return.
I wonder, what is the quality of end of life that is offered on the 2nd floor?
Do they ever get to see the sun shines?
Do they ever get to walk the gardens or listen to voices of others who are not experiencing their illness?
In my opinion every human is a social animal and thrive best in the open environment, where there is access to a larger community involvement.
At what point does a family member who is advised by the facility to move his or her loved one to the 2nd floor, said no way? I would love my mom or dad to enjoy the general community for as long as possible.