How do we deal with care facility staff who do not seem to understand the illness? My father is in a facility, where the staff do not seem to understand that he can not remember how to tell time, or remember to go to meals, and that he needs help to do so.

This is very bothersome. Is your father in a memory care unit or an assisted living facility? If so, they definitely should know how to care for and be aware of his abilities. Is he in an adult community?

They should still be able to handle someone with mild cognitive impairment. I would start with speaking with a manager and if that doesn’t satisfy you, move up the chain to the facility director and then the corporate office. You can also let the state know this facility doesn’t have employees trained to handle their residents. First you must make sure the type of facility he is living in should have trained professionals. There are many variances state to state on requirements. Worse case scenario you may need to look for a new home for your father. It is important for those who are taking care of him and surrounding him have the patience and understanding to help him along the way. If he is in a home for elder adults but assistance is not part of the plan, you may need to consider moving him into something a little more hands on.

4 thoughts on “How do we deal with care facility staff who do not understand dementia?

  • Alicia Reid

    I would tell them to get educated. Get certification. Thats why I BECAME AN EDUCATOR. Working as a dementia specialist I seen many walk away from their jobs and many clients wandering and dying.

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  • رعاية مسنين بالمنزل

    dementia need special care and professional persons aware how to deal with these cases, thanks for sharing this info I

    • Al Grush

      what causes constant humming?

    • Linda

      Absolutely, my mom whom I cared for was to a point I had to let her go to a BETTER quality of life than I could give her. As hard as it’s been, I know it’s best for her. That’s what I care about.
      She is in a memory care facility and the special small wings of appts/living qtrs they have ate perfect because they get the attention and help they need. In my mom’s case & im not sure if this is the exception or if its normal but she can’t handle a large group of people, more than a couple people at a time & she’s flustered. So it’s important to find the right place for the right kind of care they deserve.
      It’s hard, I know that & you have my sympathies. Yet, just asking the questions you asked means you care about your loved one. Do the best you can, as we are try to do our imperfect best to do. Find the right place, keep God in you, and may you find some comfort.

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