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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PattyPooLJC

2 days ago

     My 88 year old father has been living with me for about 2 years now.. He is a very sweet Man and I love him very much. I'm thankful I have this opportunity to help and care for him. it has its challenges, but I feel blessed. He loves to talk and tell his stories. he sure has some good ones. I hope and pray that he is with us for a long time. its also been great for my girls, his 2 Granddaughters.
    
 

DebraLeigh

Aug 31, 2014

     I live with my father who has Dementia and my brother helps me care for him. Some nights I can't sleep from all the worrying. Right now I am supposed to be on a break for a week and I can't stop thinking about how he is doing. When we had a caregiver come in and take him out for a few hours we waited impatiently, like new parents. I want to take a break, but I want to be with him too. It's hard!
    
 

DebraLeigh

Aug 29, 2014

     When my Dad has his dinner, we give him a paper napkin to wipe his mouth and there are tissues close by for his nose. He seems to get confused sometimes and wipes his nose instead of his mouth. After his meal he will take the used napkins with him to the living room. He stacks them neatly on the the table beside his chair. We take the dirty one away when he isn't looking.
    
 

montana1122

Aug 29, 2014

     After my Dad had his Stroke he looked at me one day and asked me "Are you in Charge", and I looked around and said "Yep sorry about that!" and he looked a little alarmed then said "Well I think your doing a Great Job!"
    
 

ClaudiaHCA

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.
    
 

ClaudiaHCA

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.
    
 

Lovestinks

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!
    
 

elizaa

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.......
    
 

IloveMom

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. :)
    
 

Stretch

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.
    






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