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Senior Move: From Aging-in-Place to Retirement Home - How to Convince 80-Year-Old?
Any advice on moving an active moderate level AD person? She is resisting it very much- moving from her house to a retirement community. This new facility is for active adults. Her husband will be her primary caretaker with children who live nearby coming over every day to help. Her health is good and, from what I garner, she is quiet, doesn't go out and watches a lot of tv. Her daughter is a nurse who closely monitors her meds and health. She and her husband are both 80. Thanks for any input.
My sister recently went thru this with my Dad. We explained that this would be be a good thing for memory and p hysical health. A way him to be independent and safe and healthy. We also had his doctor back up this. But stressed that he would not have to participate in any activity unless he wanted to .
This is a regular retirement center where they have purchased a condo and will ive there together as any other couple.
It sounds like an ideal situation for them. I don't have any advice because I haven't experienced that challenge. But I would like to say what a wonderful family they have. I hope they know how blessed they are. You all seem to be extremely supportive. Good luck with the move, and may they have many years ahead of them together.♥♥
Sounds like a nice situation but it's hard to leave your home and when a person has AD it is hard to reason. Mom and I live in a condo and it's certainly nice to not have to worry about upkeep on the yard plus there is always someone to chat with IF you want to. Maybe you can stress that. Personally I love living in our condo.
The older we get, the harder change is - and toss AD in and it makes it that much more so. The loss of independence is really a tough thing to deal with, too = stress the positive but don't sugar coat it. She will see right through that, AD or no. Good luck!! ♥
We had a very difficult time with getting in-laws to move from their home of 54 years. Mom has COPD and Dad Alz. Once the move was made, they adjusted wonderfully and now think of their apartment as home. They do not have to be responsible for lawn and home care; they will make new friends and still keep the old; there are many activities if they want to participate: exercise classes, Wi bowling teams, beauty salon, a very nice dining room when they want to eat out, on and on. Everything they need is right there on the campus ( esp. since they had to stop driving). We stayed very positive about the move and told them we would move there if we were old enough--it's like a terrific vacation! Unfortunately, we are now going through the same thing all over again in moving from IL to AL. Your parents are so blessed to have a supportive family, will make it all so much easier.
I agree - who wants to move - all that disruption - even at my age! Has she visited her new place yet? I feel that getting her down there and used to it will then make it easier to sell the plus points (especially if you can make her feel involved in the decision making - even if it is the colour of the drapes).
Hello Irisher. I think she's opposed to the physical move. It sounds like the move would be no different than moving to a condo in a "new neighborhood". Is this a regular type of condo which would be like living independently? Is there resources such as a dining room for the general population? I know you have a family member who is a nurse and monitors closely but is there any supportive staff for them if needed? I think telling her it would be better for her husband and less for him to have to take care of i.e: lawn care, outside maintenance, etc. If you could convince her the move is more beneficial for her husband, maybe she'd agree to it? The others have raised a good question; has she seen the condo for herself? You are very blessed to have everyone involved in their care. This is an exception rather than the rule.
Having them involved is very important, we had my Dad visit and go thru the whole sales tour (even though my sister and I had heard it before) and ask any and all questions he had. When we finished his only question was when can I move in. He still had some adjustments when it happened, but one of us stopped by every day and I think that is making the move smoother, also we did have him help pick out decorations and brought lots of pictures and mementos from his home.
good luck, this is never easy for anyone.
TIzzy - sorry to be tardy writing back!
I just saw their daughter, who is the nurse I mentioned, and she said that the retirement community they chose does not really have any medical help on the premises. She wanted them to select another one that had more support but it was further away and they wanted to be closer to their kids.
Ooops - I forgot to add that they will get all their meals in the dining room but, as she is not likely to go to the dining room, he said he will "bring her meal back up to her." I don't know if he checked with the Center about doing this or if he's trying to keep her condition as a private matter. He is very private and protective about her.
Don't worry about being tardy Irisher. Not a problem. It sounds like what this is is independent living. My Mom first went into independent living. She had her own room with her own bathroom. No kitchen but she did have a small fridge and a microwave. She had to do her own laundry. Staff came once a week and vacuumed her room. As her disease progressed she was moved to the next level of care which was assisted living/memory care. Eventually this woman is going to need more care than her husband or adult children can give her.
Hi Irisher, Thanks for posting this question, and thanks to all who shared their stories and suggestions! Here is some additional information on this website that you may likewise find helpful...
The decision to move -- whether to an independent living community, assisted living community, or nursing home -- is only the beginning of what can be a long and challenging journey. Helping someone through this important transition takes research and planning. Here's a 10-step guide to smoothing her way to her new home and the next phase of her life: http://www.caring.com/articles/planning-move-to-assisted-living
Sounds like you've already found the community and condo that's a fit. Have you checked to see if others have posted reviews for this community in the Caring.com directory? You can do so here: http://www.caring.com/local/retirement-communities Please be sure to add your family's review as well, to help other families in their search for a care community in the area. You can post a review on the community's listing in the directory, or via this page: http://bit.ly/RateSrCare[bit.ly]
Senior move managers are professionals who can assist your family in planning for and managing the move to a retirement community. Senior move manager services can include downsizing and packing belongings, hiring and supervising movers, and unpacking and setting up the new home: http://www.caring.com/local/senior-move-managers Caring.com also has tips to assist with moving a senior loved one (without getting disowned): http://www.caring.com/articles/moving-older-relative-organized
As you've discussed here, senior housing is such an emotional issue. Here are some considerations for having this chat with the relative you're caring for: http://www.caring.com/articles/senior-housing
I hope these resources are helpful, and that all goes well with the move.
My Dad is now is a nursing home. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on taking him out for outings. His wife is handicapped because of falls, no use of left arm and unsteady on her feet, looking into Senior living or ALF for her. I feel taking him to their home will confuse and upset him ( he has adjusted fairly well) ,but lunches to some place near the nursing home would be okay. We try to have her visit couple times a week and they talk on phone daily. She had been in rehab and just 3 days ago moved back into house with help. As far as he know she is still in rehab facility.
Hello daughrds. How long has your Dad been in a NH? I have to agree with you that taking him to his home to visit his wife would be very hard on him. I'm afraid it would confuse and agitate him. You'll probably have to go with your gut on this one. You know your dad better than anyone. You could discuss the possibility of taking him to his home to visit with the staff at the NH and get some feed back from them. I'm sure they've dealt with this before in the past. You have a lot on your plate with your Dad and I suspect would be your step-mother. Sending you warm hugs.
Sorry just got back to this. my Da has been in about 6 weeks. My sister did take him out, for a few hours, but not to his house.It seemed to go okay. They nursing home said okay to someplace nearlby and not to long, she(sister) wasn't happy, but I ponted out it not about her. . Sometimes dealing with rest of family is more tiring than my Dad. Thanks for hugs.
sorry abut the spelling, I need to slow down and pay attention to what I type.
I so agree with that statement - family is harder to deal with sometimes!!! ♥
OH me too daughrds! Glad you mentioned to your sister that it wasn't about her, it was your Dad. You certainly do have your Dad's best interest in place while your sister thinks with her heart. You're the responsible daughter! LOL
daughrds, don't worry about spelling:-) Keep us posted as to how it works out with your dad. Wishing you all the best and don't tire yourself out. I don't have much problem with our family, thankfully, but I am still tired. Just dealing with the emotions that come with this disease will do that. Hugs to you.
Caregiver Getaway: Have Someone Stay with Mom, or Take Her With Us?
It has been a very long time since I have been anywhere so next weekend I made reservations to go to the beach. Would love to have someone to stay with mom but I JUST DONT. So me and my husband are taking mom with us. I hope & pray mom will do well with this trip !!
I'm not sure where you are in the world but in the UK there are respite centres where you can book your mum in for a holiday, just for two days. They are like care homes but she would survive without you just for a mini break, she might even enjoy other company. If you had carers coming in you could contact the agency and request one stay overnight, even if you have to pay for it. Guilt is over soon especially when you have break from each other
Yes many of the homes in the us offer the same, insurance may even pay some of the cost! Hugs kim
Two years ago we were in a similar situation. We had reserved a condo on the beach for a week and our caregiver fell through at the last minute, so we ended up taking my dad with us. We just had to resign ourselves that he was going to be confused whether he was with us or at home with a caregiver. One thing we did do before leaving was find an Adult Day Center near where we were staying and made arrangements to have dad visit the center on days when we had activities planned that he would not be able to participate in. Sometimes getting away and a change of scenery (even with mom in toe) rejuvenating! Good Luck and Enjoy!
We have taken Mamaw on occasion and you are right, confusion is part of the package. Just expect it and plan ahead. I wish you the best of a break as possible!! Hugs and prayers.
Don't know how long the trip but mom is the most peaceful at the beach. Just put her in a chair and watch her enjoy the beach volleyball, basket ball, children playing and the smiles are priceless to me.. Pray you have this experience for your mom. Xoxoxoxox Dawn
Hi lovinarms, I hope all went well with your beach trip! Thanks everyone for the feedback and suggestions you shared! Here is some additional information that may likewise be helpful for future excursions...
Before you say "no" to that family reunion, weekend getaway, or other vacation you’re dreaming of, check to see what respite care options might be available near you: http://www.caring.com/articles/respite-care
Many assisted living communities in the U.S. offer temporary stays. Your loved one can have a comfortable room with healthy meals, engaging activities, social connection, and round-the-clock support if she needs it. You can have a break, with peace of mind that your loved one is doing fine. See whether assisted living communities near you offer respite care: http://www.caring.com/find/assisted-living/respite-care
If you decide to take your loved one on the vacation with you, here's how to solve five common trouble spots -- flying, car trips, hubbub at home, parties, and shopping -- that can crop up, particularly during the upcoming fall/winter holiday season: http://www.caring.com/articles/travel-for-alzheimers-patients
Caring.com also has suggestions for taking a 'virtual vacation' that can be fun, is almost free, and doesn't include jet lag: http://www.caring.com/blogs/activity-of-the-week/take-a-virtual-vacation
I hope these resources are helpful -- please do let us know if there's more we can suggest to support you!
Caring for a Spouse: Grateful the Love Has Continued Despite the Disease
We attended the film "Hope Springs" today with our good friends and a tour bus group of older couples (like us) -- such a wonderfully honest and very moving film about a couple trying to revitalize their stagnated marriage! Very funny and poignant and true to life... made me remember those days when my DH and I counseled couples and attended Marriage Encounters. He is still so affectionate and loving despite his ALZ. I am so grateful that the love has continued even though he has lost so much of himself.
That's very touching :)
We went to see the movie with two other couples just yesterday. I highly recommend it! :-)
DH doesn't know he has ever been married or what my name is but he mouths "I love you" to me as he has for years. And his love is shining from his eyes.
Went Saturday to see the movie. Was going with a friend, who ended up in a car accident (everyone ok), but since I had already purchased my ticket, I went in alone. But, yesterday we both met and saw it together. I enjoyed it both times. Love Meryl Streep....she is such a wonderful, talented actress...can play any part and is just so natural for her.
Been wanting to see that movie also - I love both of those actors/actress' - a friend of mine & I are planning on going next wk. I wonder if Mom could go she would only be sitting maybe it could be just her & I after gkids go home - I think she would like it too!
Health Care Reform: How Will It Impact Caregivers & Our Loved Ones?
TWO PATIENTS LIMP INTO TWO DIFFERENT MEDICAL CLINICS WITH THE SAME COMPLAINT. BOTH HAVE TROUBLE WALKING AND APPEAR TO REQUIRE HIP SURGERY.
THE FIRST PATIENT IS EXAMINED WITHIN THE HOUR, IS X-RAYED THE SAME DAY AND HAS A TIME BOOKED FOR SURGERY THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then pending the review boards decision on his age and remaining value to society.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?
THE FIRST IS A GOLDEN RETRIEVER TAKEN TO A VET.
THE SECOND IS A SENIOR CITIZEN ON OBAMA CARE...
IN NOVEMBER IF HE AND HIS CZARS GET ANOTHER TERM,
WE'LL ALL HAVE TO FIND A GOOD VET!
I just had to send this cuz it made me giggle. I'm thinking wild fires are better than Obama fires. My point of view so don't send me hate mail bahahahahaha. Love and prayers kids and keep up the good fight!
Ok I wont!!
You like Obama Shell? Lol
Yes I do!!!
I see comments from medical doctors pro and con for this. I would love to hear what both sides are basing their opinions on. I live in an area where we have many Canadians come in the winter, and many of them schedule surgeries and other procedures to be done while they are here. They have a system administered by government, I think, so why don't they take care of those things at home? Just wondering. Would love to hear RATIONAL discussions on both sides, please. Love the joke, goingcrazy. ;-)
I don't have any problems getting into my Dr what so ever. I guess if you have HMO insurance where you have to go to a particular Dr then that would suck. But I don't so nothing will change for those people who have insurance. Everything stays the same. I don't like HMO but if you don't have insurance at all it would be better them paying for your medical care out of your pocket. Or letting the hospitals obsorb the cost which raise medical costs for all.
I believe that health care is a right just as is clean air to breathe. Our health care system is broken when people are denied insurance for a pre existing condition or kicked out of their insurance program when they become seriously ill. I also know of people who go to Canada for an affordable experience when a serious chronic illness strikes. Obamacare gets our toe in the water. It will improve as we learn what works and what doesn't work. Costs could come down if payments were not on a per procedure basis. Being on a per procedure basis encourages needless testing. I am strongly in favor of Obamacare and hope that the name sticks. The alternative candidate is clueless and bumbling, and likely to be directed into war by our lying-in-wait hawks.
I am not happy with either candidate but I don't want govt. deciding who can have a hip replacement and who can't.
thank you so much Sandy!!! I knew I could count on you to explain better then I... Go Obamacare!!! Plus I loved it because it covered my son until he got a job after college. Which he starts Monday!!! Assistant Coach at the University of Iowa for Men's Gymnastics!!! So proud of him to land his dream job at 23!!!
What the heck!!! Government is not deciding who can have care and who can!!!! It is to help peoe who otherwise cannot afford insurance. Like small businesses, peoe who make minimum wage!!! If you get cancer the insurance company can't say, sorry you've reached your limit. Or you lost your job and your child is deathly Ill and you get new insurance they can't say sorry it's a pre-existing condition. Your child can't find work after college he can stay on your insurance until he's 26. What is not to like??
Hmm, this is a argument nether side will win. All I can is less government is good government . An politics are best when we agree to disagree . .... food 4 thought. Our only rights are god given, when our grandparents were young,your church helped those who could not help themselves. We have forgotten how to help others as we look to the government to solve our proplems. Oops time to shut up, don't want to start a war!!! Love n hugs, kim
What is welfare in this country? Government for people who cannot or will not help themselves. It doesn't really matter to me except my son was covered but thank God he didn't need it anyway. But I have insurance so it will not effect me!!!unless I max out my medical limit. Which I pray I don't need either!!!
Of course you don't want government deciding who gets care.. It;s much better that our insurance companies do it for us by denying coverage and removing coverage. And Shell, contratulations to your son. Sounds like a great job.
Religion is another of those topics where we agree to disagree.
My main thought on this is if the Government signs up for it then I will. If it works for them then it should work for us too. They should get the same as us, no more and no less. We the people and for the people and all that good stuff. I am going to tell on myself but here goes. When we had health insurance it was very expensive. The dr bills were more, the pharmacy cost more and the insurance was costly. We have not had insurance for the last seven years due to my husbands job loss. I have not missed it. My dr bills are a fraction of the cost with out insurance and so is our pharmacy. I know the time is coming soon because we are getting at the age where our bodies fail us and something serious can sneak up but I don't like insurance companies or an over all health care plan unless it is for every one including the rich and famous. One for all and all for one. I know that is a pretend world and it does not exist. But I have seen the bad in Obamacare and some good. I am like Kim when it comes to helping one anorher and I don't like either canadates. I am going to vote for me as the president. This world makes me nervous and I vote Grow Flowers and love one another despite backgrounds, money or crazy people who start a thread that causes differences in opionions. The thing I love most about you guys is your opinions! And bad people who start fires should be fed to the alligators! The end :) I
Thanks Sandy!!! He loves it!!! It's great that we can disagree and still love each other just the same!!!! Hugs everyone
Here here, this country was made so we can all voice or opinions. An a good discussion wil hopefully have good results , an if it doesn't ? Well that's why u only get 4 yrs, an if u vote someone back in that isn't so good we can only blame ourselves. Let the games begin! Lol
Thanks for the comments. I agree to disagree with many of them and hope there is a God above who helps us make correct decisions for the great country that we live in. Is it possible to immigrate to Canada, New Zealand or Australia at this age? Maybe that's what some of us should do ;-).
Surely Grannymurf your going to vote for me and we will change the world with flower power!!!
That would be great, Goingcrazi, but you see, I don't have a flower power thumb. You'd have to supply it for both of us. I can hardly keep a poinsettia alive from 12/ thru 12/25. I am amazingly inept at "green thumbing"! Can you do it for both of us? If so, I vote for us! Can't be any worse than most of the ones I see who are in office or running for office.
Crazi, I agree with you on that. The government folks should get the same health care that we the great unwashed are offered. Many people agree with that. But Congress is not giving up their cushy government perk. And we have to take whatever they give us. But social security and medicare both are administered by the government and work very well. For medicare, there is a lot of fraud but that's because so many of us are thieves. We need better vigilance to put a stop to fraud. As for it costing you less without insurance, all I can say is everyone ought to live where you live. Where I live, if your hospital bill is $50000, and you're not insured, you need to pay $50000. If you are insured as I have been in the past and now are on medicare the bill shows the following. Total: 50000; covered by insurance: 25000, forgiven: 20000; due from patient: 5000. If your insurance is better you might only owe 500 or 1000. There are deals between the hospital and the insurance companies that result in lowering of your bill and this is payed by no one. Obviously, the hospital charges more than they expect to receive. But the uninsured are charged the whole freight. Now this describes the cost of a hospital admission for relatively minor surgery or a medical problem. The bill can be much higher. As for medical visits, I have a $20.00 co pay when I see my doctor. What do you pay for a doctor's office appointment when you don't have insurance. And if you ever need to be hospitalized, look out. By the way, when I was younger, I wasn't sick and my doctors' visits were very few. When I turned 65, it was clear that my warrentee had expired and something seemed to be wrong disagreeably often. And that goes for the dentist too.
I agree Sandy!! It seems that when you hit 40 the health starts going downhill. Heck the dentist bill is high with insurance!! I can't imagine without it!! I'm sure a uninsured office visit is well over 100.00 if not 200.00. I'll keep my insurance.
I don't have significant dental insurance. The costs are quite high.
I know they are. For a crown after insurance is still 500.00
Right now I have an awesome dr for colds and minor stuff and my thyroids. He only charges 54.00 a visit. Because Mamaw is on medicaid it's only 2.50. I am even more lucky than most because his father is a pharmacist and he is next door. They work it out with me when needed. We would pay over 300.00 for instance in the past and the drs and hospitals over charged and we still owed in the end. I know my leash of youth is running short lol and will have to do something soon. But it is aggravating now that I am on the the other side and can't find affordable insurance and worse for smokers of which I am not proud. We do have emergency life and workmanship comp insurance in case of accidental death or serious injury but that is on husband and that is costly too. Then on top of that we also have car and home insurance and quite frankly I'm tapped out. Mamaw is covered and even with burial insurance so we are good there but anything beyond that could be a problem. As for dental hahahaha, folks in Oklahoma seem to go without teeth so if worse comes to worse ill join the toothless and pray for a rich fairy.
Oh how I know we can be insurance poor, that's for sure!! You are very fortunate to find a Dr that charges 54.00 for office call!!! Wow!! We all need the rich fairy!!! Believe me that Romney is not going to share the wealth!!!! All he cares about is getting richer and putting his savings in other countries so he doesn't have to pay taxes. That's what us pee-ons are for!!!
And here I thought it was to be peed on. Same thing.
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure. If I were elected President (AKA, Going Crazy) I would elect Warren Buffet to became Vice President and this is the first steps we would take... Congressional Reform Act of 2012 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. 2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!
And that is the last of my two cents on this!! And I ljust love copy and pasties, it makes me look so smart, like even the president and runner uppers!! LOL Hugs to my friends who encouraged me to take a platform and scream PLAY FAIR!!!!!!
Oh and P.S. We are peed on, peed off and peed out Congr-ass!!! OOOOPs did i missssspell something??
Omg, could Not have said it Better!!!!! You have my vote!
You have my vote on that also!!! Hugs, Michelle
I read that piece also, and if you run on that platform, I will gladly support you and even be your campaign manager, if you need one. You certainly have my vote! Professional politicians are ruining our country, and I am not referring to one party "poop" any more than any other. I have no faith in any of them any more.
I agree grannymurf!! They are all so greedy!! Greed is evil!!!
Agree second and you will be my campaign manager simply because you could spell campaign and know your poop!! Hugs LOL
Crazi, you even get MY vote and I will served as campaign physician at no pay.
Wow that really sounds like a great panel!!!
Your hired! First thing we need to do Dr. Dearie is declare them all mentally incompetent and slap white jackets on them and put them in safe rooms till they calm down. It will hit them hard at first because they can no longer flatter, bribe or fool the public. Worst thing will be they can't spend needlessly. Give us two years and their wallets and we should see an end to recession. Then we will work in the insurance companies next. We can do this!!! Lol when I stop running from my own association in my neighborhood. I hide from them. I got a text last Tuesday if they could nominate me for president. My reply was...LOL. They came back and said...We take that as a yes. I said NO :)
Hi folks, Here is some information on Caring.com that is relevant to this discussion about health care and government-sponsored health care...
From the archives: How Family Caregivers Will Benefit From Health Care Reform
From the FYI Daily blog earlier this summer: Public Split on Health Care Law Ruling <More than 40 comments from caregivers so far
Medicare -- who's eligible, how it works, how to apply, and how Medicare differs from other government benefit programs: http://www.caring.com/medicare <Also includes Medicare Information Finder to find out whether the treatment, procedure, or device you need is covered by Medicare; see also info about Medicaid: http://www.caring.com/medicaid
9 Government Benefits You Might Be Missing Out On : nothing sabotages your budget like an illness or other health problem, especially one that affects your ability to carry out your everyday obligations; these benefits can help, but many miss out on them
Government health insurance counselors help patients and caregivers sort through insurance options, understand medical bills, and appeal Medicare decisions: http://www.caring.com/local/government-health-insurance-counselors
Also, here is information about The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on Wikipedia (with links to sources): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act[wikipedia.org]
If of interest, The White House also has a blog and information about The Affordable Care Act -- http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/02/affordable-care-act-numbers[whitehouse.gov] -- as well as a website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform[whitehouse.gov]
Lastly, here's information about how you can volunteer at your local polling place this election: http://www.caring.com/blogs/activity-of-the-week/volunteer-at-your-local-polling-place
Thanks for discussing this important topic impacting both those with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers -- and when disagreements arise, for doing so respectfully.
Senior Nutrition: Mom Ate Her Entire Breakfast - Yay!
Yayy !!! A check plus for me this morning,I didn't know what to give mom for breakfast . I had some canteloupe and honeydew melon so I put them and a bit of sugar in the magic bullet and "voilla" homemade juice. mom loved it.!! It was a little thick, which is exactly what she needs because she is having trouble swallowing thin liquids these days . Mom gets 2 check plusses because she drank it all and didn't spill (or throw) one drop !!! the best start of one of my mornings in a long time.
Good,creative idea !I wanted to put some calories in DH this morning so gave him rice pudding with milk and cinnamon (warm).Down the hatch.....keep those ideas coming Uncharted ♥
Glad to hear when OWA's loved ones have an accomplishment! Great job!
Both are good ideas for food, which I'm always trying to figure out. Thanks! I'm getting good information and support here!
One question, being new, what is OWA? I'm a tad dense, at times, and can't figure this one out, though I've wracked my brain! lol People getting writing it, and I still can't figure it out!
One Winged Angel--thats what we are on this site. We each have only one wing because we need another Angel to help us fly....so fluff up that wing of yours Deb,its needed ♥
Now I get the flying in circles post I saw!. I'm fluffing, fluffing, fluffing!
Way to use your head on getting mom something to eat/drink. Thanks for the idea HUGS
So that is where all those extra feathers came from---Deb was moulting into a OWA. Good idea on the melons. My DH loves to eat them, sweet and not too hard to chew. Sure glad they are in season here right now.
oh yeah he has been putting it with ice cream
2many, how do you do what you do? You have your hands full and, yet here you are, uplifting others. I was beginning to despair that there were any wonderful people still in this world... I am very proud to be an OWA!!!!!
Deb--2many is special isnt she ! And its because she knows what it`s like to have "your hands full",she can uplift others. So can you ♥♥♥
And one-winged purple swans swim in circles, but Sooo gracefully! We make a water ballet too.
Hi unchartedwaters, Thanks for sharing this update with us!
You may also find some of these resources helpful: * Difficulty Eating and Swallowing: http://www.caring.com/difficulty-eating-and-swallowing * Is my mother's Alzheimer's causing her to have trouble swallowing and eating?: http://www.caring.com/questions/my-mother-has-been-having-trouble-swallowing-and-cant-eat
Thanks to everyone for the advice and encouragement!