Alzheimer's Caregiver Now What Do I Do 12-2-10

Because of Cutbacks No More Hospice

Dad has Alzheimer's now for over 10 years, he is at the point her doesnt remember where he lives, most of the time he struggles with what town he is in... I take care of him 5 days a week while my mother works, I run a flag company on ebay and do the best I can... I write about what I deal with as frequently as I can so that others can see they are not alone... For more hubs about Alzheimer's  here are some links of mine

ALzheimers Through The Eyes Of A Caregiver

Alzheimer's A Caregiver Case Study

How Alzheimer's Changes My Life

Well about a month ago my life was turned upside down when they told me that Dad was getting a hospice home health aide... It really forced some changes, but it turned out to be a good thing for him... He was not showering on a regular basis, and shaving was even less frequent... Well when they started it was a struggle, he always complained that they were just trying to clean teh insurance companies clock, but my mother and I seen changes... He seemed to have a little more self esteem with 3 showers a week, shaving on a regular basis and adjusted to the first nurse well...

Then they changed his nurse it was a little tough at first, but hey I am getting use to rolling with the punches when it comes to this hospice stuff... Michelle has been a blessing to dad and he really enjoys talking with her, she listens to all the stories he tells, and handles him very well when it comes to care..

You don't know what you have til it is gone
You don't know what you have til it is gone

No More Nurse Thanks Obamacare

Well, we found out Monday that there will be no more hospice help, that because of cutbacks and changes we will be lossing Michelle in the very near future. When I spoke to her about it she said that it is getting really bad, taht all the home aides are wondering if they will have a job in the future because they are taking everyone off hospice...

I have started to depend on the help, and it will be another major adjustment, but I am going to try and give him the same care that Michelle does... I am going to help him with showers and shaving and I am sure he will fight doing it for me versus the nurse... I know that it is the Alzheimer's and not him but sometimes I struggle with the physical care of dad because he doesnt like to have help from someone he raised...

God Will Provided

I am not worried, I my faith in Jesus gets me through, I fully trust in God that we are getting exactly what we need to help Dad the best we can to glorify God... Dad spends time everyday praying Alzheimer's may have taken alot of his memory, but he seems his beliefs and faith are engraved on his heart more then his mind....

Sometimes we feel we need this or that, but when we step back and look at our lives, we always seem to have just what we need at that time... God uses it all for his Glory and not mine and I am grateful for that and that is something I have learned from my stepfather and his Alzheimer's

so until the next time feel free to leave me a comment or question and I will get back to you as soon as I can...


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