May 11, 2013

The Goldilocks Syndrome and Finding a Good Care Facility

When a choice is made hastily or without a realistic analysis of a parent’s needs, families may wind up moving a mother or father through a series of facilities, impacting his or her emotional and physical well-being due to what’s known as relocation stress.

By Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room 


I just finished reading an interesting article on Forbes that was written by +Sherri Snelling. The story describes in part the trials and tribulations of former +Good Morning America host Joan Lunden and the search for a suitable living facility for her mother, Gladyce, who lived with dementia.

More and more people are learning that is not an easy task, and if all you do is go "how nice it looks", you might end up with an even bigger problem than you had when you started.

Obviously, it is only human to judge a place by how it looks. How many times have I heard, I found a nice place for my mother to live; and then learned, it looks nice and very little due diligence was done to check out the place, its track record, and its ability to deliver the kind of care that is necessary.

I think this saying must apply when looking for, and seeking, a good place to live for a person that is living with Alzheimer's.

You Can't Judge a Book by It's Cover


Here is an excerpt from the Forbes article.

But when a choice is made hastily or without a realistic analysis of a parent’s needs, families may wind up moving a mother or father through a series of facilities, impacting his or her emotional and physical well-being due to what’s known as relocation stress. Such moves can also affect a family’s financial health. When adult children try out several living options, forcing multiple moves until they find the “perfect” choice, I call it “the Goldilocks syndrome.”
To read the article in its entirety go here - Forbes

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