How do I move my 93-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s from a bedroom she has had for 45 years to another area of the house that is safer for her and more convenient for my brother and his family? This is being done in order to keep her home as long as possible.
Chances are your Mom doesn’t realize the amount of time she spent in that bedroom, but she probably knows how she feels in that room. If possible, move her personal items into the new area, including her furniture, pictures, paintings, etc. Keep the new area as close to the same as her bedroom as you can. Depending on how far along she is, the new location will most likely be very confusing to her when she is walking to go to her room and she may never remember her new place as hers. After 45 years of heading to a room on auto pilot, in the dark, and day after day and year after year, that will be an instinctive place for her to go. Once you re-direct her to her new room, she should see those things that look, feel and smell familiar and should settle in.