Hello a lainne.
This illness robs everyone of their dignity if not managed with professional help, has been my experience with this disease. It can be increasingly hard on family members and eventually takes a toll.
After the diagnosis all the past questionable behaviors all fall into place.. Not so obvious at first until after the diagnosis. A visiting case worker, or psychologist or a visiting nurse assigned thru state programs & services available thru hospitals in UR area with a doctors referral can be a great help & relief to the family.Sometimes it's best to also find a attorney to that specializes in elder care. Check with ur insurance for coverage available for dementia care.
My father lived with me for many years with dementia. Someone needed to be with him 24/7, especially living out in the country. We did have assistance programs available in our state. He is in a VA facility now at 96 & very Happy. We are lucky to still have him! He is a fearsly independent man.
Educating the whole family on the pros & cons is very important to see the signs of denial & also proper care,exercise, nutrition & meds.
Wonderful advice by all the well thought out comments above.
It will all work out.... giving time for adjustment and organizing what's best for u and UR family. Good Luck
Peace & Light
"As long as there is breath there is hope, LIFE is a GIFT. "
Post Edited (Chotti) : 5/28/2014 4:12:03 PM (GMT-6)