Alzheimer's is UGLY!
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
I am the primary caregiver for my mother-in-law who was "officially" diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2017. I say officially because there were many things that happened way before the diagnosis that led us to this conclusion. For anyone who has ever had to deal with someone with this horrible disease, my heart goes out to you because there isn't any easy solution to making things better.
My mother-in-law is in the moderate stage. It was very difficult to convince her to give up her house and move into what we thought was an assisted care facility but now we know that it's classified as independent living. I see her declining more and more each day and it's very sad. We need to move her into another facility that will provide more assistance but she doesn't want to. I had everything set up to move her nearly two years ago but once she found out that her dogs couldn't go, she threw a fit just like a toddler and we ended up letting her stay to keep peace. We finally convinced her that she couldn't take care of the dogs and they have been re-homed. She only mentioned them a couple of times so it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. We had all of the carpet replaced and cleaned her apartment back in November. That lasted no more than a few days. She just keeps throwing stuff on the floor and making huge messes. We go back and cleaned everything again and it's no time that she has it a mess again. I know it's part of the disease but it's so frustrating.
It's to the point that we are going to have to just let her be mad and get her moved into another facility. It's just very expensive and so hard to do. She's having trouble making full sentences and forgets in the middle of what she was saying. It's such a horrible disease and I hope that a cure can be found soon! For anyone who has had to deal with a loved one, you understand how difficult this is on e not only the patient but everyone around the person. My prayers are with you!