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Reducing the Stress of a Transition to Assisted Living

The decision to move a loved one to assisted living can be one of the hardest a caregiver can make. However, if we are caring for a loved one with a chronic disease, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, it may become necessary to consider assisted living placement if we lack the time, resources or support to continue caring for a loved one at home. Shifting a loved one’s care to an assisted living facility may seem as if it will relieve many of the stresses of caregiving such as anxiety, depression or feeling overburdened. However, studies show that assisted living placement can instead change the type of stressors a caregiver experiences rather than eliminate them.

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By Julie Hayes | 10/11/2019

Rodriguez, K., Bibbo, J., Verdon, S. & O’Haire, M. (2019) Mobility and medical service dogs: a qualitative analysis of expectations and experiences, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1587015

Nelson S., Albert J.M., Liu Y., Selvaraj D., Curtan S., Ryan, K., Pinto, A., & Ejaz, F. (2019) The psychometric properties of a new oral health illness perception measure for adults aged 62 years and older. PLoS ONE, 14(4): e0214082. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0214082

Hayes, J. (2019, July 11). Why Oral Health is Important for Older Adults. Retrieved from https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/resource-center/why-oral-health-is-important-for-older-adults

Bass, D. M., Judge, K. S., Snow, L.A., Wilson, N. L., Morgan, R., Looman, W. J., McCarthy, C. A., Maslow, K., Moye, J. A., Randazzo, R., Garcia-Maldonado, M., Elbein, R., Odenheimer, G., & Kunik, M. E. (2013). Caregiver outcomes of Partners in Dementia Care: Effect of a care coordination program for veterans with dementia and their family members and friends. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(8), 1377-86.