My wife is mid level ALZ and needs help with everything. She is not bedfast, but spends the day either sleeping or watching TV. She shuffles, feeds herself, but speech is mostly gibberish. However, she is aware of conversation and generally understands what people are saying. She is 78 years old.
I am the sole caregiver, and in addition to tending to her physical needs, take care of the house, laundry, and food preparation. I am a healthy 83 year old and expect to meet her needs as long as necessary. I am not complaining about that, but I just need a break. A few days away from the daily drudgery, a chance to laugh and talk to regular people.
I can get somebody to come in for several days, but I just can't see how I can explain it to her. She will think I am leaving her.
Has anybody faced this and how did you handle it. Comments appreciated.