Overwhelmed by difficult decisions and emotions about caring for your loved one?
When someone you love is diagnosed with dementia, it can be a frightening time in which you focus much of your energy on what will happen to your spouse, parent, or other loved one.
Hospice care conjures anxiety, dread, and shame in the minds of many, but it should evoke feelings of catharsis, rest, and relief. Hospice workers provide care which people can receive in the last six months of their life, but it’s not just a period of waiting for the inevitable.
It’s a Thursday night in your hometown. Your mom, who had been sound asleep until a minute ago, gets up to go to the bathroom. She does not bother to turn on a light because she knows every square inch of her bedroom like the back of her hand.
It can be hard to determine whether it’s safe for your parent to live at home with mild dementia. You don’t want to take away her independence early, but you don’t want to wait for a major incident before you transition her to another form of care.
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