This past weekend I was blessed to be able to attend the National Caregiving Conference held in Chicago. It was a fabulous, inspiring, informative and FUN 4-day event put on by Denise Brown of Caregiving.com. She is definitely the Hostess With The Mostest! If you'll remember, I was fortunate to win registration and hotel through… Continue reading National Caregiving Conference – Take Aways
So, as I mentioned in the original post about Changing Mom's Physician, we are transitioning to a service where the healthcare professional comes to you. This is needed as Mom's Post Polio Syndrome and congestive heart failure has progressed to the point where it is beyond exhausting for her to venture out of the house.… Continue reading Changing Mom’s Physician….Part 2
I don't remember how I stumbled across it, but a couple months ago I found the CareGiving.com website. It has a LOT of wonderful blog articles and resources no matter what your situation is. While I was checking out the website, they were announcing an incredible event! This November, they are hosting the 4th annual… Continue reading I Won!
I don't know how many years ago Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (I was living out of state and travelling out of the country). But I do remember there was a time that he was displaying very aggressive, angry behavior toward my Mom. I would be talking with her on the phone and I… Continue reading Dad & Dementia Meds
Today is Dad's 93rd birthday. Indeed a blessing!! Yesterday, I asked him if he knew what tomorrow was. I mentioned the date to see if that would be recognizable. He thought about it for a minute, but it didn't come to him. Then I told him it was his birthday and he remarked, "Oh, is… Continue reading Blessing Day
Because of Mom's post polio syndrome (PPS), she has lost a lot of muscle strength. Her legs no longer allow her to stand on her own, for more than 20-30 seconds. Her COPD is exacerbated because her diaphragm muscle is very weak and no longer contributes to optimal breathing capability. She is unable to pull… Continue reading Showering Mom
Is it just me? Or do others experience this? Most mornings I am woken up by Mom calling me for assistance for either she or my Dad. But there are a few mornings when I wake up on my own. I pass the room they are in on my way to the bathroom. Naturally, I… Continue reading Is It Just Me?
Recently I saw something over on Caregiving.com that got me thinking. Physicians and other health care professionals provide once-in-a-while care. It's true! Depending on the age and medical conditions of our loved ones, a physician typically sees a patient maybe once a month, at most. If the patient is doing well, appointments can be 6… Continue reading As Caregivers, We Are our Loved One’s Health Care System
After a couple week's of paperwork, my respite care award/grant has been finalized. For 2019, I have 216 hours at my disposal, which works out to about 8 hours per week. For now, I've decided to split that into two 4-hour outings on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. My first outing was last Wednesday. I spent… Continue reading First Respite Outing
Ever since my parents moved back to Milwaukee from Florida some 15 years ago, Mom has enjoyed the relationship that she has built with her General Physician. Her doctor's staff has been very compassionate and supportive, especially during the winter months when there is no way that Mom is leaving the house in that frigid… Continue reading Changing Mom’s Physician