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Thu, Feb 28 9:37am · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers

Thank you! I had not thought of Nest, specifically and didn’t realize there wasn’t a fee to use it.

Tue, Feb 26 2:12pm · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers

Thank you! I’ll look into that brand. I appreciate your recommendation!

Tue, Feb 26 12:14pm · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers

Thank you! I did think about that, but I need to keep an eye on him if I’m grocery shopping, etc. I’m looking at Consumer Reports ratings, but wish someone could tell me how they like an indoor security camera.

Tue, Feb 26 10:21am · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers

I’m not sure where to start a post, but need help. Again. My husband has dementia-like issues after viral encephalitis was disgnosed in Jan. 2012. He has now started to sleep-walk and of course, doesn’t remember it. Last night he must have been up for some time and had opened closet doors, messed up tax papers on my desk, moved other things around and looked for food. I am a very light sleeper, but was exhausted and didn’t hear him. I need to get some kind of camera system for our house that connects to my phone. I will need at least two cameras and an alarm on my phone to alert me. Has anyone else done this? I wast to proceed assp.

Dec 19, 2018 · Happy Holidays to all Caregivers and thier Patients in Caregivers

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!

Oct 6, 2018 · Caregiver for spouse with MCI (Mild cognitive impairment) in Caregivers

Hi! My husband has dementia-like symtoms from viral encephalitis. He began having driving issues before the encephalitis was diagnosed. He was always misplacing things, so I said his keys were lost. After diagnosis at Mayo, he was told not to drive, but didn’t remember it. His neurologist here suggested driving tests at a nearby hospital. He also failed the tests.
As to getting physical, he doubled up his fist once and I got mad at him and told him if he ever raised his hand to me again, I would call the police! That may not be something you can say to your husband, but you may want to let your local police know his diagnosis before you might need to call them. I would also tell his doctors about him being physical with you. In addition, I think you should see about guardianship. In our case, my husband did sign power of attorney, in case he needed my help explaining things to the doctors. Do what you can to keep yourself safe (if not sane all of the time, lol) and to be able to have his doctors talk to you. The list of concerns is a good way to inform any of his doctors!

Oct 3, 2018 · Overwhelmed in Caregivers

Don’t ever worry about long posts. We all have a lot to say, sometimes. Maybe you could ask friends from the church to come “visit”, especially after surgery. In my case, I’m thinking of having someone come in and be with him and introduce the person as an old friend of mine. After all, visitors are way more accepted than someone offering care. Sanity breaks are definitrly needed, but rest is needed, too. Take care of you!

Oct 2, 2018 · Overwhelmed in Caregivers

I can certainly understand your frustration and thinking of escaping to a desert island! My husband began having memory problems in 2011. The Mayo diagnosis was viral encephalitis. Now, he has hearing issues, short term memory issues and his long term memories are notvery accurate at all, although he is sure he is correct. Lol.
He has 4 children, but none of them can help. Two of his daughters visit from out of town about once a year and only stay for a few hours. My daughter and son-in-law do all they can, but their lives are busy with work and my granddaughter. We have been married for 15 years and he has been “sick” (for want of a better description) for 7. I dream of a vacation, away from caregiving duties, but have not discovered a way to do this. I’m coping, butvery tired, physically and mentally.
Your sibling may have washed her hands of your parents, but surely she cares about you. I’m sure others have no idea how hard and isolating the job of caregiver is. You are facing multiple surgeries and will need to heal, in order to continue as caregiver! Is respite care available through your city or county? Do you have Power of attorney? Is there a way to insist on moving your parents to assisted living? I visited an attorney whose specialty is elder care and found there were several things I had not been aware of. She was very helpful in protecting assets and potential assisted living for my husband. Would your sister come to help you, at least immediately after surgery?
I’m sorry this is a bit long, but wanted to offer understanding and support. Others may have additional suggestions, but if nothing else, we all sympathize with your situation and are here for you.