Behavior and dementia care facilities
I decided to post this in a new thread. Last year, I had to place my husband in two ALFs [one in AZ and one in WA] temporarily while I put our house up for sale and moved. After reading other posts about 'problem' behavior in ALFs and how it is addressed and limits one's options
, I felt moved to share my experience.
I was in the process of signing papers in one 'top', well-known dementia care facility when it was found that 'exit-seeking behavior' was on my husband's record from another facility and so they added an extra $1K per month to the cost. Exit-seeking? I'm sorry, but we're talking about a very expensive facility that specializes in dementia
. It's a 'secure' unit. Why should exit-seeking be considered an 'extra'? And then adding another $1K per month for angry verbal behavior and changing clothes frequently [!] I was furious and told them so.
In my opinion, some of these places are a real rip-off. They tell you the base rate is, say $6K a month, and then it really starts to add up if the resident actually requires any assistance!!
Sorry! This is a hot-button issue for me.
Fortunately, I was able to find a good facility in another part of the state and my husband spent five months there while I lived nearby in the motor home.