Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mom Update
Short story: not good.

She's deteriorating rapidly. The other night she was found wandering down the street in the middle of the night. Proving beyond a doubt that her current senior home is not right for her. Luckily the police found her and took her to the hospital. No injuries, but confused, agitated, and aggressive.

We found a lock-down facility for her. (The sounds awful!) It's not a prison, just a secure senior residence that specializes in dementia and Alzheimer's patients. She'll be unable to wander away and will have access to more medical care than the place she has now. She'll have her own room, a shared bath, a and 24-hour nursing staff that has a lot of experience dealing with people like mom.

She was released from the hospital today and taken by ambulance to her new place. They suggested we stay away for a bit to minimize her confusion. So we'll stay away for a few days. This weekend we'll move her things out of the senior home and back to the house. At her new place we'll just move over photos and a few personal items.

It's been a very stressful week. Lots of e-mails shooting around between the siblings. Phone calls. Tears. Guilt. And more stress. But I think this is the best we can do. Her new place has gotten a good review from everyone we've spoken with. Mom's new doctor will work on her meds to figure out the best mix to address her anger and aggression. And she'll be safer in a place she can't get out of.

And, all in all, the whole thing sucks big time.


The Lurker said...

If ever there is a time to come out of lurkerdom, now is that time. So, I am stepping into the light to send big hugs your way. I can only imagine how tough this is for you. If there is anything I can do to help, please do let me know. I'll call soon. Again, big hugs.

Linda Myers said...

Been there. I am so with you. You are all doing the right, loving thing by your mom.

Molly G said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mom! I hope this new place will be better for. I will keep your family in my prayers.

The Calico Quilter said...

I can't express how very sorry I am about your mom's deteriorating condition. You and your mother are in my thoughts. It sounds like you have found the best care situation for her and she will get the attention she needs.