As we close this week’s National Caregivers Month topic of moving a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, I want to point you to a few more resources available as you encounter these issues on your journey with Alzheimer’s. Remember, every family and situation is different. We can help you explore your options and make a decision that is right for you and your family.
To continue our National Caregivers Month discussion about the deciding whether or not to move a loved one with Alzheimer’s, I want to share with you comments from Sharon Brown about the process of finding the right facility for her mom. Sharon shared these thoughts as part of a caregiver panel at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Circle of Care Conference held this past weekend in Foster City. The entire discussion from the panel is available here:
Sharon’s comments about moving her mother start a bit after the 14-minute mark.
We’re half way through National Caregivers Month and there’s so much more to share! As you probably know by now, we are covering a different caregiving topic each week in November in celebration of National Caregivers Month. This week we are talking about the difficult topic of whether or not to move a loved one. Today, I want you to meet Phuong Quach who recently made this decision along with her family. Here is her story in her own words:
At 56 years old, my mother was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. Determining who should care for her was never a question. As her four children, we would all do it together. Our mom is sick, and therefore, we all need to do whatever we can – even if it meant personal sacrifices on our own lives – to insure she would have the best possible care. This is how my family dealt with crisis. It wasn’t about our own individual needs, but what we needed to do to take care of a family problem. And, it was a demonstration of our love and commitment to her. Continue reading ““Finding the right home was a challenge.” – One Caregiver’s Experience” »
This week for National Caregivers Month, I want to talk about moving a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. What is the right time to think about moving a loved one?
That’s a very good question! In one support group a care partner suddenly thought one day, “What if something happened to me? Where would Pete go that night?” This started the rest of the group thinking about such a situation for their person with a dementia diagnosis.
If you fell and needed to be hospitalized, who would come over to your house immediately to be the care giver in your absence? Have you checked any facilities for respite care in the event that you don’t have family or friends who could step in and be a care giver while you were recovering? Do you have any back up? Continue reading “Is there a right time to think about moving a loved one?” »
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