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    Expectations of a home

    Nick, My father was in two homes recently, one a nursing home and the other an assisted living home, both in the US. Both required a detailed physician's examination and report for admission, and both had safeguards in place to alert them of nighttime wandering or falls (they included a...
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    Endless chatter

    Sue, My father also has had an issue with a mirror. He saw his image in it and thought it was his own father. He also has tried to walk into the mirror, not realizing it was glass, which could have resulted in an injury. One of the participants at my mother's Alzheimer's Support Group...
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    Christmas and Dementia

    Dotty and Anne, Thanks for your ideas. Mom definitely needs more of a respite from caregiving. I'll have to think about ways that could happen, and suggest them. As you say, Dotty, you have to live your own life too, and the carer can't live the life of an invalid without becoming...
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    Christmas and Dementia

    Jude, Thanks for your reply. Mom has Dad at a Respite Center two afternoons a week. The Center is open three days, but she keeps cancelling the third day, then has to get on the wait list to get the third day back. She cancels because she says she runs out of things to do when he is gone...
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    just another day

    Ally, I can surely understand your desire to have a bit of normalcy during Christmas. Maybe the holidays are markers that make the differences seem more profound, because we are so accustomed to celebrating our traditions in certain ways and notice if something is vastly different. My...
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    Christmas and Dementia

    My mom is the primary caregiver for my father, who is in the middle stages of the disease. She has some paid help, but has a bad habit of firing the caregivers or reducing their schedules soon after they have been hired because she thinks she can handle my dad's care herself. Then she gets...