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My graandfather has end stage Alzheimer's and he is very uncooperative, bless his heart, and recently developed a tiny cut on in the inside, transferring him is starting to take its toll on my back and i have no family and no friends that live nearby, therefor the idea of trying to multi-task wound care and toileting/lifting seems a bit too risky. Any idea, even creative ones would be such a blessing! Thank you all! xoxo - J

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I did respite care for years. Its a great service for people to get away for even 1 hr a day. I met a lot of wonderful families. I personally only worked 4 or more hrs. a day.But some nurses work less a day. Or home health aides are so helpful.
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Hospice is wonderful. Every area has one, just call them. You will get respite care, and help with your grief, and a nurse to help with any wounds or medication issues. It is wonderful to meet such a loving, caring person as you with a great sense of humor. Bless you
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Yes Home Health Care should be very helpful talk to pcp. God Bless
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I agree with Orangeblossom in that at the end stage of life, to try to get hospice service. Hospice service can be done at a facility or at home. In between the nurses and aides visiting the home, and since you're by yourself in caregiving, maybe it's time for grandfather to remain in bed? Do you have a hospital bed? Medicare/Medicaid will provide it if the doctor prescribes it.

When mom became bedridden, I was working part-time. So, I was here when the govt caregivers came several times a week to sponge bathe her. I learned from them how to clean her and change her pampers (Depends). They showed us how to use a lifter blanket so that we can pull mom up the bed without really hurting our backs. I think this will be much easier for you - a lone caregiver - to start caring for grandfather in the hospital bed than to try to lift him off the bed.

There is a thread on this site about different ways of lifting a parent off the bed, to the wheelchair and then to use the hoyer (?) lift to the toilet??? If this is something you're more interested in, please let me know. I can search for it and give you links to click on.
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Surely your Gpa is on Medicare. Call his PCP and get him to authorize a Home Health Service nurse to come and evaluate his wound. Most likely he will get wound care service by a nurse that comes to the house a few times a week, and during that period of service he will also be entitled to a custodial aide that would be able to help out couple of hours a few days a week also. That will give you a little much needed time to yourself while they are there. and take the strain off of your back especially witht the toileting issue. Have you looked into hospice care? Even if you don't want him to go into a hospice facility you should be able to get some hospice care at home for a few hours every day. From what I understand, Medicare pays for hospice. If he is on Medicaid you might be able to get even more hours. Look under the Money & Legal tab on this website for more information on Medicare and Medicaid. Bless you for being so good to your Gpa.
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