Hello! I've been looking for something like this because there's soooooo much information on Alzheimer's and it can be confusing. Especially when the information I read doesn't match up with what I'm seeing. My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a yearish ago, although I've been seeing signs of it for at least 5 years.
I had a question for y'all: A month or so ago, my grandmother fell out of bed and hurt her back. She went to the ER and they gave her pain killers. After she started taking those, she seems to be declining at an alarming rate. She couldn't walk by herself, couldn't figure out how to stand up, etc. Plus, her back was killing her, so that didn't make anything easier. So, they went back to the emergency room and the doctor gave her a pain patch on top of another strong painkiller. Long story short, she ended up in the hospital for a few days. They were giving her too much, and she was confused and not eating. After the medicine was out of her system she was back to her normal self. Anywho, that gave us a glimpse of what she may be like in the near future. So, my grandfather and mother were looking into Alzheimer facilities were my grandmother could go for a few hours maybe once a week, just so they could have some down time (I try to go to their house as much as possible, but my grandmother always has to know where my grandfather is, so it's not much of a break for him). Soooooooo, my question is, how do we get her prepared for a day stay at the facility? Would they let me go with her until she felt more comfortable there? I don't think she'll handle it well, just because she'll be away from her husband. When I take her out for a manicure or whatever, the whole time she's worried that he doesn't know where she is or something'll happen to him. So even though the break would be great for him, would the stress be too much for her to handle? I'm reading a book on Alzheimer's right now, and it's saying that stress + Alzheimer's = BIG NO NO! Sorry for rambling... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.