My mother in law (73) was recently diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. She has other health problems such as high blood pressure, depression, and I believe she is diabetic. She has a pinched nerve in her back for which she had a cortisone injection and that seems to be helping. Her leg was going numb on her when she would walk. She still has trouble walking and just shuffles. She walks so slow and it is hard for her to walk any distance.
She is not a good advocate for herself when she is at the doctor. She is afraid to ask questions so when the doctor told her to go off of her anti depressant med she just quit it cold turkey. She didn't ask and they didn't tell her that was not the way to do it. She ended up taking it again because she was so miserable. (She now has a new doctor for this issue).
She has also been hoarding for at least a couple of years. She has not been able to sleep in her bed or even enter her bedroom because of all the junk. I worry about her starting a fire because there is junk on every surface including her stove. My husband has tried to get her to start getting rid of things and she agreed to get rid of some clothes, but she told us she had to iron the clothes before she could bag them up. She spent 2 weeks getting 8 bags of clothes ready.
She is not apposed to moving but we would like to encourage her to move to the place she can stay in for a while. Because of the Macular Degeneration diagnosis, where should she go? After talking to others with this disease she is convinced she has two years of sight left. ( I don't know if this is true or not).
What is our first step here? She is very independent but I don't think she should be.