Mom Died Last Week

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I'm a new poster, but I've been looking at the postings for the past 6 months. Thank you for all the wonderful posts, they have been so helpful to me. My parents started declining about a year ago. My mom had a form of Parkinson's and about 6 months ago it really accelerated and no matter what we did it never seemed to let up any. Last week she was chatting to my dad and their personal assistant, blanked out and died very quickly afterwards in the hospital. All quite a shock. I had moved both of my parents into assisted living at the end of March after both of them had a lot of hospital and rehab visits and neither one of them could walk. Now that my mom has died my dad keeps on talking about moving back to their house. :( I feel so bad for him, but it seems like a bad fit right now. I am all upset about my mom and I feel guilty over what has happened to both of them. :(

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I'm sorry for your loss. I hope she is in a good place now in the Spirit.
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So sorry about the loss of your mom. Hold tight to Dad. I’m sure he misses your mom terribly.
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He needs to stay where he is. Like you said too much going on.
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Eventually your Dad's health is going to get bad enough that he will need more care than what the Assisted Living facility can offer him.

You need to start looking at nursing homes to see which ones you like. Ask the nursing home what type of therapy your Dad can get there. Also ask whether the doctor (your Dad's own doctor or a doctor hired by the facility) will be seeing your Dad at the nursing home and whether a podiatrist comes to the nursing home to take care of residents' feet. Most facilities have a beautician who cuts both men's and women's hair. Some nursing homes also have a barber who will come in once or twice a month to see the male residents. A Bath Aide usually shaves a resident while they are getting their WEEKLY bath. Or a CNA can use an electric shaver and shave your Dad daily. Your Dad may not need a nursing home at this time, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared for when he does need one.

I hope that you and your Dad can look at your Mom's life and remember her with fond memories. God Bless!
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Thanks for your kind messages! Honestly reading the posts on here really has helped me tremendously.

My dad is fine mentally, but very weak physically. He no longer is walking and is wheelchair bound. He had a stroke and his left side was impacted, so his left hand and leg are pretty useless. He needed 3 people helping him to get him out of the car and into his wheelchair when he was at my mom's funeral.

He was in the hospital and rehab in January/February/March with a urinary tract infection and kidney stone removal. He ended up with swallowing issues, which he gradually got over and had to be on the swallowing diet for months. He then had a relapse of the urinary tract infection in April and it was so severe the people at assisted living (including my mom and my dad's brother) thought he was not going to make it.

While he was at the hospital in April they discovered he had a blood clot in his left leg and he's on kumadin. He also has added a heart condition. I guess his heart rhythm is off and that is just because of age. He then went to rehab again after the April hospital stay for several weeks.

Right now his left leg is swollen and he's anxious about it. He also is on a no salt diet and they limit his meat eating because of the swallowing issues he recently had.

I just think AL is a better fit considering how he keeps on adding more and more physical problems. It's also great that he can have the doctor and podiatrist see him there and he can get a haircut/beard trim there without having to leave AL.
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I am so very sorry that your mom is gone. Losing a mother that was so loved is heartbreaking.
Hug your father and grieve together and may God bless you both during this difficult time.
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I am very sorry for the loss of your Mom. It must be so hard on your Dad.

If he is like my Mom after my Dad died, nothing will really make him content for a while. I think getting opinions from his doctors, AL staff, or an occupational therapist might help in any decision as to whether he should move back home. I know after my Dad died, the only way my Mom was able to stay home was because they lived in a MIL apartment with me. And I took over a LOT of things the Dad had always taken care of.

Mom got worse (developed dementia and problems walking) and she is now in AL. She isn't happy about needing to be there, but makes the best of it. But it took her a few months. Maybe it will take your Dad a few months of being without your Mom for him to make connections and feel at home at AL.

Best wishes making a decision and helping your Dad adjust!
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Sally I am so sorry for the loss of your mom
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I am very sorry for your loss. We are never ready. Will be praying for you.
I too am wondering as FF how your Dad is physically and mentally. And why it would be a bad fit to move back home?
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I’m very sorry to hear about your mom. Your poor dad! Just get through one day at a time with dad. Humor him and drag your feet. Because he does need to be in the facility.
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