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In-Home Care: Explaining the Caregiver to Dad so He Doesn't Forget

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Adilyn said...
How do I write a simple reminder letter to my dad reminding him on his most forgetful days that he has agreed to have a caretaker,babysitter ?......don't know best term .... Be in house w.him for a couple hrs. So my mom can get groceries etc and not have to worry.
from the Moderate Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - SuWhaley
SuWhaley said...
Welcome Adilyn! You have just joined the best support group in the world. Members here (One-Winged Angels - OWA) are lit... more
Caring.com User - LaurSavvy
LaurSavvy said...
Adilyn, When I have problems getting my mother in law (MIL) to listen or go along with what we need her to do. I pull th... more
Caring.com User - LaurSavvy
LaurSavvy said...
Sorry, Hi Adilyn and welcome, I have been coming to this group for 3 months now and wouldn't know how to get through my ... more

Respite Care: Mom's Spending September at Nursing Home

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glkd said...
I dropped Mom off at the nursing home where she will be staying for the month of Sept. She did so much better then I ever expected. She was happy & smiling. I gave her a kiss goodbye & told her I loved her & would be back soon. I feel quilty, but releaved at the same time. I know she will be well taken care of.
from the Severe Stage Support Group
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grannymurf said...
Good for you. Now go about getting some of that badly needed rest, relaxation and recreation. You not only deserve it. You need it. Have a great weedend.
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glkd said...
Grannmurf Thank you very much. I intent to do just that. What a strange feeling it is not having Mom here though. Gale
Caring.com User - Bob's wife
Bob's wife said...
Gale - Enjoy this month. Get your health back into good shape. Go, do, all of what you want. I will be thinking of you. Let us know how everything is going. Charlene

Caring for a Parent While Working: Overwhelmed with Responsibilities

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overwelmed, Marlene said...
So tired, take care of my mom with dementia full time and also work with dementia seniors in a senior center. Feel so overwelmed and tired but need to work. But having a had time coping and my co-workers dont understand. Had a breakdown today at crying and no one seemed to care....
from the Severe Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - TanyaK
TanyaK said...
I think that I would be overwhelmed as well! You are dealing with the same thing 24/7. It does surprise me however that ... more
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Snowbells said...
Is your mother at the center where you work? How are you juggling caring for her and doing your job? What stage is she... more
Caring.com User - Goingcrazi
Goingcrazi said...
I'm seeding prayers and giving you a biggggggggg huggggggg. I'm feeling too, it must be the full blue moon . Let's blame it on the moon :)

Caring for Father-in-Law: Need Gift Ideas for 89-Year-Old with Alzheimer's

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In-Law Caregiver said...
FIL's 89th birthday was last Sunday. So hard to find gifts for him anymore. I wanted to get him a box of the larger sized Legos to play with. My DH feels it would have been disrespectful giving him a toy obviously made for small children. I certainly do not mean to be disrespectful, but am just tired of giving gifts that he will never use. Am I off-base? I'm sur... more
from the Moderate Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - aviovaimo
aviovaimo said...
I think those Legos would have been a great idea---also something to do with him! People recommend puzzles so why not Legos....lots of bright colors as well ♥ Never mind what the men say,follow your own ideas !
Caring.com User - LaurSavvy
LaurSavvy said...
They have puzzles and games for the residents at the NH where I worked, Duplo would have been great. We also had those b... more
Caring.com User - Tizzy
Tizzy said...
I don't think it would have been disrespectful at all. I think your DH is thinking of the past and before AlzD. Your FIL... more

Caring for Mom: All-Time Record for Getting Up at Night - We Need Sleep!

Caring.com User - kathy50
kathy50 said...
Mom set an all time record for getting up during the night. I don't know what was going on, but she was out of bed and wondering what to do next every hour for the first five hours she was "asleep". At 2am I finally fixed us both some sleepy time tea and a piece of cinnamon toast. She slept for 3 whole hours after that! Then we were back to up and down. I was so glad to drop her off at daycare today. They'll let her sleep if she needs to. I got a 3 1/2 hour nap!
from the Severe Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - meme62/MS
meme62/MS said...
So sorry to hear about your mom being up and down so much. But very happy that you were able to recover at a little of that lost sleep later. Hugs, Joyce
Caring.com User - Sobeitfornow
Sobeitfornow said...
Kathy, if you tell the doctor about this he will prescribe something you can give her at 8 p.m. and she'll sleep. Have you ever given her anything for sleep?
Caring.com User - dear one of Mort
dear one of Mort said...
Some folks have good luck with Melatonin.

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