Hi everyone. Decided to begin chatting on this site even though I am not the "caregiver" but my parents live in an assisted living, and I still have to watch over their care especially as they are getting older. In the past year so much has happened.
My dad is 89 and mentally he is sharp. He suffers from High BP and anemia, and is very weak physically but also very stubborn. It can take him over 6 times to get out of a chair or couch and is very unsteady. He refuses to even use a cane, but at this point, he really needs to use a walker. He won't get one or use it. Says he doesn't need it. I am afraid he will fall and break his hip or something. Don't know what to do about this, but certainly want him to use a walker.
My mom is 84 and uses a walker which has helped so very much. She has dementia, and I don't know what type. For someone with dementia she is the sweetest person and best mom! She has to be careful with skin problems because she just had a cancerous growth removed from her leg recently.
They moved into their assisted living facility a little over a year ago. My father was walking slowly but was fine without assistance.
Where they live there is no social worker on site or even one available anywhere to contact. So many times there is no proper communication between the nurses, the dr. and other staff people. I don't have one person to turn to there.
Anyway, I lost my job back in June 06 because of major depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, etc. Mentally I am doing so much better, but the physical pain is there almost every day. However, I maintain as optomistic an outlook as I can each day. Helps keep me sane and able to function.
I look forward to chatting with others and reading the message board. I would like as much support and knowledge as I can get.