1. Alex54

    Alex54 Registered User

    Oct 15, 2018
    184
    Male
    Newtown, Wales
    My wife (PWD) was recently seen by the local nursing home which specialises in dementia. To my surprise, they said she was too far advanced and would need a more specialised unit which is about forty miles away. This was a complete shock, as to me she is still my wife and I don't think she is difficult to look after.
    I guess when you live with it day to day, you miss the signs that things are generally getting worse.

    Oh well, life go on!
     
  2. Alex54

    Alex54 Registered User

    Oct 15, 2018
    184
    Male
    Newtown, Wales
    @Sarahdun
    It is all new to new! What is the difference you see in a specialist unit against a normal nursing home?
     
  3. Helly68

    Helly68 Registered User

    Mar 12, 2018
    512
    Alex54 - I think the differences I saw, from the residential bit of my Mum's home to the dementia unit were -

    Increased security. The unit is locked for everyone's safety and residents sadly cannot wander (many can't anyway) for their own and others safety.

    Rooms may have a wet room rather than bathroom and be set up for hoisting etc

    Activities tend to be simpler - often almost everyone is asleep in the afternoons.

    Hopefully a better staff to resident ratio - sadly not always the case but it should be.

    My Mum has found the unit to be a calmer environment with an emphasis on safety and comforting routine.
     

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