Saturday, April 23, 2011

A village

Our presidents wife said It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to care for a loved one with dementia. I want to thank my village. My family that encourages me daily. Who no matter what time it is. they are available when I need them to listen, when I am frustrated and feeling at the end of my rope they listen. You don't know how important that has been to me. my caregiver from Home Instead that is at times more creative than me. Who is a great brain stormer. Together as a village my moms quality of life is greatly improved. Thank you all.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Question I have been asked but, can not answer.

My mother appears to be winding down. I know she has severe dementia. I believe that she works very hard to communicate to me and this causes her to become physically tired. But, the question asked of me was do I believe she has the mental ability to say "I am tired of fighting." Which I believe we all have, and just giving up. All opinions would be appreciated.

I learned that being creative when careing for a loved one with ALZ was key

My mom had fallen out of bed. Bruised herself well. After the guilt passed, I tried to find a way to keep her in bed and safe. After a day of web searching and phone calls to ALZ. agencies. I became frustrated thinking the only option I had was to sleep with mom so I could keep her safe. God love my Home Instead caregiver. She first asked. Then while I was shopping she went into my moms room took her bed frame apart. My mom now sleeps on her box spring and her mattress. No frame no height. no worries. Now we both sleep.

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