My dad (83 yrs old) has alzheimers and parkinsons. My mom (age 80) is taking care of him at home.
I live across the street.
I'm a single mom with an 11 yr old son and I work full time. I do what I can to help but it isn't enough. I have brothers and sisters who help out also but none of it is enough.
I've tried to convince my mom to bring in help. She swears she can handle it and she promises she will bring in help when she needs it but for right now, she swears she is fine.
I worry. Alot.
My mom attends a support group for caregivers and she learned that hospice offers services. She's been screened and now a nurse will come to their home several times a week. A home health aid will come to help with bathing him and whatever else needs to be done. The hospice worker has suggested that she take dad off of his alzheimers medication because he's past the point of it working. Hospice will provide his other medications which will save my mom alot of money.
I'm so grateful that my mom sought out help and is actually going to accept it. I didn't know hospice offered this type of service. Are any of you familiar with them stepping in in a situation like this? I always thought they just came in during the final months of life...Who knows how long my dad will live...it could be years...it could be weeks...there's just non way of knowing but I do see that he is declining quickly.
I'm just thankful today that my mom will get some much-needed help. I'm praying that she will take advantage of each and every service they offer. I'm worried about her health. The stress of taking care of my dad is overwhelming. I sat with him for about 7 hours last night while she went to a neice's graduation and honestly, its just so hard.
It takes so much patience. She's a saint.
She really is.
Anywho...back to my original question...
Has anyone had experience with hospice stepping in in a situation like this?
Prayers for all of you who are also dealing with this hiddeous disease.