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Alzheimer's disease brings with it many tough choices for families. One that is often the most difficult is the decision to move the person with dementia from home into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Societal pressures to "take care of one's own" and financial considerations may discourage caregivers from considering this option. Caregivers may feel guilt because they promised to never put their loved one in "one of those places," or they may feel a sense of failure that they are abandoning or rejecting the person with dementia. In spite of this, it is often in the person with dementia and the caregiver's best interests to move the patient into some type of alternative living situation.
Choosing a Care Facility
Deciding upon an alternative living placement is not easy. Families of individuals with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and/or a related dementia have a particularly difficult task because the diagnosed individual usually cannot participate in the decision. This leaves it up to the caregivers to decide when and where to move the person.