Caregiver Stories

Unexpected moments are common in caregiving, whether humorous, inspiring or embarrassing they happen to all caregivers. Caregiver Stories is a place to share your stories and read other caregivers’ stories.

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Aug 4, 2014

     Tonight I was able to tuck my mother in bed like she did me when I was a child. She was calm, we laughed and she giggled. I will treasure this because most evenings are spent with her spiraling into her usual agitated fixations and me not answering the phone because I don’t want to listen to her full-blown psychosis. Tonight was different, tonight was special.


Aug 1, 2014

     So that Mother and I have a memorable time together during my weekly visits I have been reading old letters to her that are 50+ years and older. She is blind so reading letters works better than looking at old photos. Our time together is happy, we laugh, we discuss and we reminisce – all in memories that are “fresh” to her. When I have to leave, she is calm, better than any drug.


Aug 1, 2014

     I've been having trouble lately showering MIL because of her eyes burning. I tried many different scenarios to correct the problem. I put a "little towel" on the side so she could wipe her eyes when ever needed. Wash face first, wash face last, she refused to have her face cleaned. My husband was complaining his eye hurt I found his eybrow hair in his eye. I cut MIL's eyebrows. No more problems!


Jul 23, 2014

     Mom and I grew very close. A couple of months before her passing, I asked her if she would do something for me. I asked if she would after she passed if she would some how, some way, let me know if my deceased brother was ok. I figured if he was ok, she would be too. 2 days after she passed, I was moving some cookbooks and laid them on her bed. A picture of my brother landed on her bed.......


Jul 18, 2014

     My brother has early ALZ or other brain disorder. I take him once in awhile to get his hair shaved. Last week he walked himself to the barber. He has aphasia, can't speak well, or at all, so James cut his hair. My brother paid him with cookies he had in his jacket. I noticed the other day he was clean cut. I asked James if brother paid, he said with cookies. The wife went down and paid him. :)


Jul 9, 2014

     I moved back to NY to take care of mom seven years ago..Mom is 93 now I say hamburger she thinks I said hotdog lol.


Jul 1, 2014

     My father used to take all the toilet paper from hotel rooms we stayed at. He said he didn't want to be caught without it. I think he was worried he might have to resort back to using newspapers and catalog paper from his childhood. When he passed, we found several rolls of paper in his truck, golf bag, fishing box and motorcycle bag.


Jun 30, 2014

     Before I sto at Mom's place or when I leave, I ask if the house needs anything. The one caretaker said -TOILET PAPER. What? Doesn't management supply that? I said I bring it by in the morning...No can you get some now? WE ARE OUT . I didn't even ask how long they have been using the Sears catalog or news paper. THEY GOT TP!! Maybe your Mom is on the right ROLL


Jun 28, 2014

     My dear mom has some deal with hoarding toilet paper and kleenex. She frequently says she's about out of one or the other although she has access to several rolls of TP and boxes of tissue in her bathroom and bedroom within sight. She takes the toilet paper out of another bathroom's cabinet and moves it to her bathroom. Reminds me of a squirrel, hiding/storing nuts for the winter:)


Jun 28, 2014

     Tried to show mom a picture of my kid. I handed her my cell, and she tried to take a bite out of it! I guess I need to bring more snacks.

Seattle, WA

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