When my grandmother fell for the first time, we were concerned, but unsure of what to do. She lived with my mother in a split level raised ranch home. This required my grandma to have to go up and down a set of stairs several times every day. As time passed this became increasingly difficult for her. My mom eventually moved into a home where the stair climbing would be reduced by as much as possible. Since then, my grandmother’s condition has worsened a bit and even walking around the house has gotten difficult for her. She has fallen several more times and my mom has decided to begin in home care for her.
There is another myth your dentist can help debunk. It is the belief that your general, overall health will not be at all affected by gum disease. In fact, this myth is potentially lethal. In truth, periodontal disease will result in many severe problems if it is left untreated.
My heart started to thud. I’d lost her already. Oh, what a bad advertisement for myself, I thought. Just then a whisper came from a dining room window. My heartbeat quadrupled at that point.
Those same questions had moved many family members to tears when thinking how dementia has destroyed a loved one. It is a condition that shows no favoritism. Dementia doesn’t care what color you are, or what side of the tracks you came from. It affects the rich and the poor, and you can show signs of dementia at a younger age, as well.
#2: Does the agency provide an individualized approach to each patient? I’ve seen a few groups that have a strictly ‘one-size-fits-all’ to Alzheimer’s/24 hours Alzheimer’s Care. That’s not good with me; I’m going to find a company that will bend to meet my mother’s real needs.
Maybe we can’t fix dementia, but we can help them feel safer, less lonely, less abandoned in a world of confusion. When we do that for them, we also reap direct benefits ourselves. It’s always worth a try.
He had arrived at my care home, drinking about 3 Pepto Bismo bottles a day. He left finally, having not had digestive upsets for almost 2 years. Do you know why we all, not just me, need to speak up about this medication crisis? Because typically medications, especially new ones, are tested on 35-year-old males. Only dementia medications are tested on the old.
DISCLAIMER: I am not now, nor have I ever been a medical professional. I have supplied this example from my own life experience and offer it only as encouragement. Please discuss any necessary care options with the patient’s doctor.