Should you move your loved one with dementia into a nursing home?

Deciding to move a loved one into a nursing home is an incredibly difficult one. It is absolutely heartbreaking to send a parent, relative or close friend away to a nursing facility like the one at because we recognize that they are struggling in their day-to-day lives to take care of themselves as well as needing help through their medical conditions. As many people realize by the time that they are sending their loved one off to one of these facilities that there is already a very high likelihood that they will not return home. It is for this reason that we wholeheartedly believe in a proactive approach to providing the best quality of life possible for your loved one living in senior home care that goes far beyond merely meeting their basic needs in functional daily ways.

There are some important things you should consider when trying to decide the best option for you and your loved one.

Your loved ones’ views around going into care- We don’t want to force our loved one to do something against their wishes. It’s unusual for someone to want to go into a nursing home. When he or she is able to express any hopes and desires for how they want their life to play out in terms of moving to long-term care then it is important to try to honor them as much as possible without compromising the safety and health of everyone involved in the matter. You can let them see a community for seniors like before deciding.

Your loved one’s current quality of life- If their quality of life is currently poor, particularly if this is due to not having enough day-to-day physical care, health care or emotional support, then moving into a nursing home might help meet their daily needs and allow them to meet their long-term medical goals while maintaining the best short-term stability for them while they adjust to their new living situation without forcing them to completely uproot themselves and re-adjust to a new way of life.

Availability of quality nursing home care- It’s emotionally easier to place a loved one in a memory care senior living home or popular independent living community like The Residences at Plainview – independent living community if carers are confident the home will provide suitable care. Early engagement is key to finding the best appropriate option for both you and the special people in your life when it comes to making sure your family member will be getting the nursing care that they need while continuing to enjoy a quality lifestyle in the time they have left.

When your loved one enters nursing home care like the one at, you’ll still be caring for them. You want to ensure you can continue to support your loved one emotionally and practically in partnership with the nursing home, even if you are not able to be there in person every day to watch over them yourself and ensure they’re doing OK. This is why working together with your service provider to identify ways of enhancing the quality of care for your loved ones during their stay is so important. You can visit this assisted living community in CA or sites like for additional guidance.

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Wendy Darling is Communications Specialist for Health Sciences Communications at Emory University. In this position, she is responsible for the main WHSC web site and various smaller WHSC-operated web sites. Darling is responsible for technical as well as content-related work, including the production of multimedia content and assignment of work via the web site's content management system.

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