My siblings and I are caregivers for parents. They live independently and we take them to dr. appts., grocery shopping, etc. Both parents showing signs of dementia, Poppy more than Mom. Mom is forgetful, but Poppy sometimes can't express himself coherently, and is better some days than others.
Poppy fell (again) the other day but this time, he couldn't get up. Went to ER and nothing broken. Sent home. He can't walk, so we got a hospital bed for him. He keeps wanting to get out of the bed and keeps falling because he has no strength. I don't think he will walk again after this, he is so weak. He is refusing any assistance, and won't go to his doctor for this fall.
I guess we are entering a new phase of caregiving. They won't be able to live independently anymore. Any guidance on whether Poppy should go to an assisted living facility, or else have someone come and live with them to care for him? Maybe what the pros and cons are, or how one makes the decision to do one or the other. Oh, and Mom is overwhelmed and stressed out and just wants him to go to a home.
This is where the medical and legal stuff converges, so any advice re: this aspect (medical and legal) would be welcome as well. We are trying to get POA signed, but no luck yet.
Thanks for any help you can give. Suddenly we have all these decisions to make and we don't know what to do.