My Grandma sadly suffered from Alzheimer’s for more than 20 years. During her final years, her memory and motor skills suffered terribly. We got in the habit, as most people do, of sitting in front of the television and wasting the day away. We had no idea of the importance of activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s. The more she did nothing, the more I felt her slipping away.
Mom is no longer able to cook her meals and she needs help getting dressed every day. My friend told me she may have to go to a nursing home! I can't bear the thought of that! Do I have options?
This is a very common scenario. When elders begin requiring assistance, many well meaning friends or family members may recommend a nursing home. The truth is there are several levels of care to be considered based on your loved one's needs. Let's explore those options.
Louise and her husband lived in a mobile home park in the country. They moved there while still in their sixties, but now, in their early 80’s, found everything about their life difficult. Worse yet, her husband Bruce was becoming easily confused and agitated; so much so that the things he normally loved to do were simply being abandoned. Burdened with her own medical issues, Louise grew overwhelmed.
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Ralph stops by to visit his dad on a pretty regular basis, about twice a month or so. He’s concerned since mom past away a couple of years ago, that his dad might need more help at home. He noticed the house isn’t quite as neat as it used to be, but he dismissed it as just a bachelor’s tendency to let things go a little without a woman in the house. But yet, dad seemed to be getting a little more lethargic as of late; sleeping in more, complaining about just not feeling to well. He even had a bad fall or two, but when Ralph tried to inquire more about it his dad dismissed it as “nothing”.
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Martha's mom has always been a bit on the difficult side: very opinionated, stubborn, quick to point out flaws. But in the last couple of years it's been getting worse. Her mom has been getting obsessive about certain topics, "beating a dead horse" over and over. She recently got into a heated argument with her caregiver over the definition of "organic". The caregiver was agreeing with her, but Marhta's mom began screaming and escalating the argument, seeming to feel misunderstand and violated. When the family stepped in to defend, mom began attacking them, screaming at the top of her lungs. Only after everyone left the room and returned a few minutes later, did they find mom sobbing to herself. She said "I don't understand why I do that," "Why am I so negative?" , "I don't want to feel this way, what is wrong with me?"
Jackie's mom calls her at least twice a day now. Sometimes it's just to stay in touch, other times she's in tears because she just feels so awful and confused, but more times than not she calls to try to guilt Jackie into coming over. The caregivers she's hired are always awful people that can't be trusted; the house and the daily routine are more than she can handle; that terrible president we have is going to lead us straight to Armageddon; and it always ends the same: "when can you come over and help me again dear?"
You stopped by the parent's house the other day, and in going through mom's checkbook you noticed a few large checks written to various charities: the local zoo, the church's fundraiser for their new building, something to do with local police refrigerator magnets… When you confront her about it she says: "well they were so nice and they needed the money." But now you're stressing out because mom doesn't have that kind of money to give away, and you're wondering if her mind is starting to slip.
It’s easy to feel rundown and fatigued when trying to take care of an elderly loved one. For Melanie, supporting her aging mother wasn’t something she had planned on, but after she had suffered from astroke, she knew she had to step up. After all, no other family members were going to step up, and she didn’t want her mother to be without the proper level of support when she was