Today, my mom was diagnosed with Dementia and ALZ...... My mom has had degrading memory issues for the past 1 1/2 years along with vivid dreams and false memories. She was put on an anti-hallucination medication 2 months ago and while it has helped some there are other areas where she has actually declined. The one that made the doctor's head snap up was hearing that she had turned on the gas stove while home alone causing gas to leak out. We have no idea how long it had been on (not too long apparently as we have pets, including a bird). The thing is, she is terrified of gas stoves because she had a school friend die in a gas explosion.
I am caregiver for my adult daughter (also this doctor's patient) as well, and he told me it's too much for me to handle. My mom needs someone there all of the time. He suggested calling the local hospital and talking to a social worker. I'll do that, but I wanted to ask here if there's a check list or list of steps online that I can work with to make sure I have all of my ducks in a row. I have dyslexia and find a list that I can check off or follow makes it much easier for me to keep track of things.
I'm beside myself, as the saying goes.... my mom is really unhappy - or she was. She actually might not even remember it right now. I have to explain the process with her recent cataract surgery at least once every day (so she understands why everything is blurry right now) so there's no telling - and I'm not sure I want to bring the subject up again yet. Thanks, everyone!