Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tough Decisions

My grandmother began developing the first signs of Alzheimer's when I was in middle school. At that point, those signs were dismissed as normal situations that come along with aging. The disease worsened greatly once I was in high school. We started getting worried, but continued to be in denial. Denial is the first stage of this disease, for both the patient and the family. Once the disease progressed to the point which required constant care and supervision of my grandmother, someone mentioned a nursing home. My grandfather wouldn't hear of it. He was going to keep her at home with him. He did, in fact, keep her at home for as long as he could. At one point, he even hired someone to come in to help. Eventually, the unfortunate decision to consider a nursing home had to be made.

I remember what a grueling and lengthy process is was to determine which home would be best. I found it very upsetting, because I felt it was bad enough that my grandfather had to come to terms with deciding his wife couldn't be at home with him. Now, he had to, in addition to that, go through all these nursing homes, analyze each one, weigh each one's features against the other. Now, there is help when making these decisions and doing the research, such as Bettercaring.com. I don't know if there were any programs like that which could have assisted my grandfather. In the end, all you want is what is best for your loved one. Luckily, my grandpa was able to find my grandmother a great home, with great nurses. As you know, one of those nurses is an angel.

2 comments:

Tammy

I'm tagging you with a meme. I know, I'm a meme freak! LOL :o)

bundle-o-contradictions

I can only hope I won't have to use their services...

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