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Introducing Safety in My Mother's Home
Part 2: Tips for Family & Caregivers

Upon my second trip home within 5 weeks I found out my mother had a blackout at the front door, fell and did not know how long she was out for. I got her immediately to the doctor where we found that her blood pressure was drastically low, and that she wasn’t taking her meds properly. I went straight to the chemist and ordered a medi-set. She wasn’t happy, but I explained she was forgetting her mid day meds and that I was a nervous wreck about her passing out again. These will be done weekly on doctors orders.

Changing Bad Habbits

My mother had also lost a substantial ammount of weight. She used to joke with me that a church mouse would starve in my house, as I live alone and I never had anything in the fridge. She literally had a freezer full of food but nothing in the fridge. I then found out that she was having panic attacks in large crowds, and the last time she tried to go shopping she had a bad one. Luckily I was able to set up an account with our local grocer, and all she has to do now is call and they will deliver anytime.

The next order of business was a new bed, mattress and headboard. Her back is an ongoing problem and the bed is as old as me. The new one will be delivered next week, and her friend is coming over to put on new bedding for her. I also surprised her with a new carpet and a smaller dining set in her living area too. She now has the de-cluttering bug! She even invested in a new smaller furniture suite. She’s delighted with the change, with loads of extra room, and no more rugs!

Making Time, to Make the Trip

Again, we filled her car up with stuff for the Wheelchair Association right up till the moment I had to leave. It was heartbreaking seeing her cry when I left. I can't imagine how lonely it is for her with all four of her children in the Bay Area.

This is a slow process, but necessary. My siblings are taking turns going home with a plan in place. My brother will be home for the holidays, and we want her to come back here with him for a few months, which she’s been thinking about! My main concern is her depression, which is a story all on it’s own. I’ll save that for next month. To be continued!

-Sash Nagle
Owner, Irish Help At Home

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