Let’s get the conversation going again! First things first — let’s introduce ourselves.
I provide respite care for my grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s and has been on hospice for a little over a year now. She’s needed support for a long time, but it was a gradual process from helping out with things each week to needing 24/7 care. Now that I’m a flight away, I help out however I can and usually watch her for a couple weeks a year. Some Alz patients mellow out, but my grandmother is not an easy patient to care for. While she needs total care, she’s in fairly good health and has lucid moments. She keeps everyone on their toes.
Glad to join the Group. My mother has lived with me for fifteen years. The first ten were swell; she could drive, she was active, she did the housekeeping while I worked and made dinner every night!. Five years ago she started showing signs of dementia. Gradually, dementia has taken hold. Now at 91, she is more like a four year old and my mother as I knew her is gone. She attends a senior day care four days a week, and twice a year I put her in respite care and take a trip alone to recharge. I have had to give up working, which is fine since I am 68 years old. But I am resentful that Mom’s care takes so much of my time! A job that I never wanted.
It is a pleasure to join the group. Here is a little information about myself. I worked in practically every department of a hospital for 6 years. Then, I was the administrative assistant at a Home Health agency for 7 years. Finally, starting and running my own homemaker/companion service with 26 incredible men and women for 12 years. We cared for people with all types of illnesses including Alzheimer’s
I gave up my business because of the growing rules and regulations in caregiving. And decided to do something about it. I became a private caregiver to see what was lacking in the industry. I was able to have a fresh perspective on both sides of the fence. In the past 3 years, I have also cared for my father in law with severe Alzheimer’s. He passed away back in October. Now I am caring for my 90-year-old father, that was diagnosed with small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma bladder cancer. Being a family caregiver for your loved one is much different and emotional. I am happy to share my experience and past education. I have even started a small blog to offer information on things I have dealt with. http://www.theultimatecaregivingexpert.com