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Alzheimer's Support: Featured Caregiver Conversations
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In-Home Care: How to Keep My House from Smelling Like a Nursing Home?
My mother is moving in with me in a few weeks. She is bedridden... I feel horrible asking this but does anyone have any recommendations for products to keep my house from smelling like a nursing home? Sharper Image or some other air purifier? Candles would be difficult because chemicals seem to aggravate our allergies. I'm open to trying anything though.
from the Caregiving at Home Stage Support Group
I have found Febreeze or Renuzit spray work the best. They erase the odor while things like the oran... more
Get some lil bottles of essential oils and about 3 spay bottles. Fill bottles with water and add as ... more
I also agree with the person before me....take out HER bathroom trash every day. I use Clorox wipes everywhere. .
Alzheimer's Caregiving: How to Keep Him Busy and Oriented at Home?
I just started taking care of my father-in-law who has the beginnings of severe alzheimers. I have tried color coding his drinking glasses for him, and I have put labels on the doors so he knows where his bathroom and bedroom are, but he still gets very confused as to which way to go in the house. He is also very bored. I give him chores or tasks t... more
from the Severe Stage Support Group
my mom lost interest in reading and tv but i think it was more that she could no longer understand e... more
My mom sits and sleeps and sometimes will watch TV. She has been this way for the last 3-4 years, where she won't read or do any of the things she used to.
Long-Term Care: Visiting Dad Created "Joy to Put in Your Bucket"
I traveled to see my dad this afternoon. He was very angry about not being able to leave the NH in the morning and it took a long time for staff to help him calm down. This was not apparent to me when I visited. One staff member used a pictured story about our family to distract him. They also had dad read a stack of greeting cards I sent him. A nu... more
from the Moderate Stage Support Group
jjds: happy report. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
jds, glad to hear everything is going good for your dad. HUGS
Managing Finances: How to Convince Loved One to Turn Over the Checkbook?
When your loved one reaches the point they can no longer keep the checkbook, what are successful techniques you can use to get them to turn it over to someone else if they are reluctant to do so.
from the Severe Stage Support Group
Caring for a Spouse: Helping Him Through the Decline
My husband was very confused yesterday when he got up and thought he was in the wrong house. I quickly went to him and got him settled for the morning and got his coffee. He said something is happening in his brain and he feels it that he is getting worse. He said he is only going to get worse and feels in a year he will be nothing. He asked if I would be here to take care of him. I assured him I would.
from the Mild Stage Support Group
Your husband is very lucky to have you to take care of him. As a caregiver you adapt to a certain le... more
My mother has had a slow decline for the last 10 years and I know what you are going through. There... more
yep-- it is the "little" things they cant remember that kills us inside. Seems like all we can do is take it minute by minute and hope for the best. :)