Let me start with I was a caregiver for my great-aunt for 518+ days until she passed. My concern now is for her brother, my grandfather. Of the 2 children & 3 grandchildren, my mother and I are the primary caregivers for my grandparents(my mother's parents.) I learned alot caring for my great-aunt and try to apply it to my grandparents. They live alone. My grandfather, within the last year, has become depressed and relcusive. His sister passed away almost a year ago and he just turned 88, the age she was when she passed. He sleeps until 4-5pm, rarely bathes without repeated prompting, and refuses to leave the house. My grandma is awake at 7am and demanding. Gram is in denial thinking a dr visit would "cure" him. and tries to "make" him do chores to get him to exercise.
My grandpa says, " I wish the Lord would take me!" I love my grandparents and respect them tremendously. I'm, also, not afraid to stand up to them and tell her she's out of line with him.
My issue is from last night. He took a shower: 3 hours in a hot, steamy bathroom- showering, trimming his nails, shaving, etc. He can walk with a cane, but is still unsteady. We have a rollator which he does not use in the house. We know the steamy bathroom is not good for him, but he is resistant to change his 30 year rountine. He was so weak after his shower that 2 of us practically had to dress him and walk him to his recliner.
Earlier this summer, we contacted the local ombudsman/sr services and for a short period he was in a respite program. He refused the services and they terminated his care. Our local ombudsman is know for not being very helpful. My great-aunt was in a neighboring state which was so much more helpful. but she was in a nursing facility. I'm not opposed to putting him in a home if thats whats best for him. Any suggestions on what I should be looking for that could help him? Since he doesn't get up until late afternoon, the regular daytime aides aren't necessary.
I'm leary of in-home care since my great-aunt had some things disappear in the nursing home and while my grands arent' wealthy they have some sentimentally valuable things. My home is already filled with my great-aunts things and have no room for my grands stuff.