Frequently Asked Questions
One of issues with dementia and memory loss is losing the ability to reason. Your loved one can no longer see the gravity of the situation or the safety concerns they may be facing. Unfortunately they have lost the ability to problem solve. They often crave routine and changes to their routine can, for a time, make the memory issues appear worse. As they get into a new routine, recognize the people that live on their floor, and start to trust staff they will become content and often times thrive.
There is a lot of advice on the internet to help with this situation but we suggest calling or coming in to speak with us. Together we can look at what you have tried, what hasn’t worked and hopefully develop a plan to ease your loved ones concerns. Often the fear of the unknown is worse that the reality which is why we invite you and your loved one to stop in and visit.
We are trained to manage this exact situation. Your loved one knows that you are their lifeline, you take care of all their needs and keep them safe. We are trained to work with those that have dementia and make them feel safe. We will learn about your loved one’s history, their likes and dislikes, so we know them as individuals. In time, they will realize we are also a safe place and be more comfortable. No one loves Mom and Dad more than you do… or will take better care of them than we will.
The type of care your loved one will receive in our memory care is 24/7. We have staff trained to manage dementia in a respectful and caring way. If you imagine 24/7 care at home at approximately $20 an hour that would total $14,400 a month. Insurance would help with some of the costs but often the primary caregiver is responsible for coordinating staffing, doctor visits, meals, etc. This is exhausting and does not allow the child to simply be with their parent.
We will make sure those that work with your loved one are trained, have passed background checks, and have passion for working with seniors. This will give you the opportunity to have your old relationship back. You will not need to.
This is always a difficult decision for families. You love and want to take care of all the needs of your loved one but when someone needs assistance with eating, dressing, bathing, etc it can become very overwhelming to do without help. If your loved one starts to have any of these issues – please give us a call to see how we can help.
- More intimate care and assistance with activities of daily living.
- Becoming more isolated, not leaving the house or letting others into the house.
- Not eating correctly. People with dementia can forget to eat and it is very common for them o forget they have already eaten. Weight gain I common early in the disease.
- Not taking medication correctly – this could be life threatening.
- Elopement risk – living in a rural area it is very scary when someone leave the house and the family is not aware. The person has a destination in mind but the location may be from their childhood or when they were working. It is not uncommon that some people with memory will drive for hours looking for something familiar and not stop until they run out of gas, possibly in another state.
Assisted Living can help with 2 activities of daily living where Memory care provides more assistance. Memory Care is a secured for safety so people do not get lost in the building or leave without staff knowing. People with memory issues often need more cues as they go through the day and this environment is built with that in mind.
Assisted Living is appropriate when it is no longer safe or comfortable to live at home. When activities of daily living, ie taking a bath or shower, or preparing a meal become a struggle, it is time to consider assisted living. Isolation is very common among seniors, and often leads to depression. Even when a senior is physically fit and does not require much in assistance, the social interactions in Assisted Living improve quality of life.
Typical signs of memory loss include repetitive statements, stories and questions; confusion about time and date, and uncharacteristic behaviors. A change in mood, suspiciousness, paranoia, or a disconnect from activities once enjoyed are also signs of a change in memory. If you notice your loved one exhibiting any of these behaviors, seek the advice of a medical professional. The National Association for Alzheimer’s Disease website has great information. www.alz.org.
Typically the liquidation of assets, ie sale of the home will support the costs. The Lamoine will help you research if your loved one is eligible for veteran benefits. We are also here to assist you in applying your Long Term Care insurance. The Lamoine is an Assisted Living community, regulated through the Illinois Department of Public Health, thereby making it ineligible to accept Medicaid as payment.
The Lamoine is built as a community for seniors. Our typical resident will be over the age of 55.
All of the apartments at The Lamoine are private. Each assisted living apartment is furnished with a kitchenette while the memory care apartments have a central dining area and all rooms have a large bathroom with a wheel in shower.
No, The Lamoine does not offer Independent Living. We provide Assisted Living and Memory Care.
The Lamoine IS pet friendly! Because of the design of the building, we have to limit the size of a dog, to no more than 25#. The dog must be housebroken. There is no limit on the size of a cat. One pet only, please. The resident must be able to care for the pet. Some services are available (ie dog walking or cleaning the litter box) at an extra fee. There is a refundable deposit required when a pet moves in.
The Lamoine has a brand new, 17- passenger van, that is wheelchair accessible. We will provide transportation to local doctor appointments and outside activities.
Yes! The City of Macomb has permitted the parking lot directly behind the building as Lamoine parking. There is ample parking behind Gelsasomos Pizza to our north. There is also parking on E. Carroll and N. Randolph Streets.
Simply call 309-575-3018, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the contact information on the home page of our website. An appointment will be scheduled for your private tour and we can learn about you, and your personal needs. A registered nurse will conduct an assessment, and a doctor’s order is required. Once your eligibility is confirmed, we can set a move in date.
The Lamoine provides an all-inclusive community. We know we are providing a value as our rates include accommodations, utilities, three restaurant meals each day, medical oversight, medication management, activities, transportation and much more! Call 309-575-3018 to learn more about our features and rates.