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Hi Just a question. My family is dealing with placing my father in LTC. He is 80 and has psp with which I believe he also has Lbd. I would like him to stay were he is now which is like a chronic care instead of LTC because of the care due to his behavior. where are most of your family members?

Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:40 pm

Joined: Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:16 pm
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Location: Beverly, WV USA
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Hi Silvana,
My experience from being a member of the caringspouses support group for a year tells me that care settings come in all shapes and sizes. I think it mostly depends on what's available in your area.

I live in a very rural area of the WV mountains. Rural life here means "we take care of our own" (by gosh by golly!). It's easier for me to find a trustworthy private care giver (at $7.00:hr) who probably gives better care than I would - most days......than it would be for me to place my husband in one of the 2 nursing homes available in my county. There is no day care available in this county or the next or next or next get the drift. We are young - I'm 52 vand Harry is 61. I still work FT. It's my respite these days.

If behaviors are a major theme in your dad's management....I would certainly put "generic" nursing home at the bottom of the choices list. Is it possible for you to augment his care with a private paid "companion"?
Sue & Harry in WV

Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:47 pm
I guess I will add my 2 cents worth here too, I also believe home care when possible is better and the reason being, LBD patients have very difficult time with change and in many LTC there is contant change,
For our situation here at home when I learned about the changes and what it was doing to my Husband, I had to rethink our lives and keep as much as possible to a minimal as far as changes and I believe it helped us a great deal!
Hugs Irene

Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:00 pm
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