My 88 year old mother with Alzheimers has been living with us for 6 weeks now after being in a nursing home for 2 years. I was not able to see her day to day activity level when she was there but in the 6 weeks here she is sleeping increasingly more and I am wondering if this is part of the normal progression. I had started to feel guilty letting her sleep so much but we are now seeing that she gets cranky and more symptomatic and even less independant in her thinking if she doesnt get all that sleep. I am wondering if this is normal to see and if I should just let nature take it's course.
We moved from NY to SC 2 years ago, we did take her, i do not regret it at all. When she no longer recognized me i will reevaluate the situation. From the time my husband and I got married we always said we wanted to travel. We both came from a lower mid level income family, and never had a chance to travel. But for now its all about my mom & what she needs.
You are doing a beautiful and loving job of caring for her in your home.
Let her sleep as much as she wants. of course wake her up to do what is necessary especially changing her position to avoid bedsores. Other than that offer small frequent sicks but don't try and force feed her. Mom is in the process of having her body slowly prepare for the end.ALZ is a horrible disease so be thankful Mom is quiet and content. Have you considered hospice? Dementia is not a diagnosis they like to admit for but if you invite them in to do an evaluation it won't cost anything and their skilled nurses will be able to advise you.
From what you have told us you are doing everything right.
There will be help available from visiting nurses etc who will teach you the basics of home nursing and probably bathing aides who will visit several times a week. There a lot of instruction videos on utube to teach you the basics.
Come back here when you have a question. I am sure some one will have had a similar experience.
is absolutely brilliant, and Im so thankful to Him for all the help that I receive.
In relation to Mom, I intend to go the distance caring for My Mother at home where She's happiest and most content, for as long as is possible. I know the time will come as the Alzheimers progresses when it will not be possible for Me to continue to do so, as Mom will require professional care in the relative later stages. When I think back at all the sacrifices My Mother made for all of the Family, and Me and the wonderful Companion and best Friend Mom has been to
Me throughout My entire life, I would be heartless and terrible ungrateful NOT to
do so. I wish all You Care givers the very best, keep up the great work, plus hugs and kisses to all Who You Care. God Bless You all. From John in Bandon, Ireland.