Kitchen remodel when Mom is in early stages of Alzheimer's. Any suggestions?
Hi everyone, my mom’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. She has lived with us going on 5 years, my DH husband retired early to be her caregiver. We’ve put off as long as we could a kitchen remodel-cabinets, countertop, flooring, etc. We’ve been told the oh can take up to 2-3 months. Mom has her routine (Morning: coffee, crossword puzzle and she makes her breakfast; She makes her lunch and snacks) when she gets off it she gets flustered and sometimes agitated. We’ve talked about the remodel with her, showed her pictures -really getting her involved on what the process will be and how we will create a makeshift kitchen. Sorry for the drawn out background, I guess it’s the nurturer in me. We have two dogs (who both have become “service dogs” and mom’s pals). She takes them out, which means walking through the area which will have workers to let them out.
My DH is panicked that this will be more of an issue than we have envisioned. That this will add a bit more confusion and not sure if he can handle the day to day dealings with contractor/laborers in and out of house and Mom (trying to learn the new way around the makeshift kitchen). Has anyone gone through such a major remodel and if so how did you survive? I guess it’s an undertaking and getting use to a new norm even without having a parent with Alzheimer’s.