Alzheimer's: strategies to help caregiver cope
February 11, 2013 7:13 AM Subscribe
Dad has Alzheimer's. His wife is his 24/7 caregiver. I'm out of state. How can we help her cope?
posted by ecorrocio to health & fitness (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My dad has Alzheimer's and it's getting pretty far along. He had a stroke too, so his ability to use words is severely compromised. Eventually he'll need to be in a care facility but right now his wife is his 24/7 caregiver. Physically he's relatively healthy.
I'm seeking advice on how to make this better for her. I live in a different state and can visit only for limited stretches of time. It's getting to where she needs to keep watch on him almost every minute. If she's in a different room, or goes across the street for a few minute, she never knows what might happen. Nothing extreme and he does not wander off... But he will move stuff around the house... Stuff from the fridge in the bathroom, all kinds of things like that.
She gets little or no help from nearby friends and is also reluctant to take on paid help- she feels she just can't trust someone she does not know as a friend to look after him while she goes out.
They live in a small, rural town. She, understandably, feels very isolated. I realize there may not be good answers to this, but how have those in similar situations coped?