The Undeniable Turning Point
A few years ago, Dr. Hart and his wife Margaret reached a turning point. Margaret’s dementia had progressed to the point where Dr. Hart was her primary caregiver—and he was happy to do so in their home, adjusting to changes and challenges as they came up. The couple also had secured daily in-home memory care services for Margaret.
Things were going along as smoothly as possible for a person with dementia living at home, and Dr. Hart had never given any thought about assisted living or memory care outside of the home. However, when Dr. Hart had a leg injury and was immobilized, he had to open his mind to other solutions.
The leg injury would require extensive therapy. Suddenly, Dr. Hart went from being a caregiver to needing his own caregiver. He realized that the injury meant he was no longer going to be able to provide Margaret with the care she needed. Although Margaret had at-home memory care specialists helping her, they were only there during the day, and now Dr. Hart was unable to be Margaret’s caregiver at night.
Because in-home care for Margaret was no longer an option, Dr. Hart contacted a senior care advisor and began the search for a community. They were looking for the right place where they could both live together in the same apartment, where he could get assisted living services, and where Margaret could get the memory care services she needed. They expected to give it a three-month try.