We took my mother-in-law to a nursing home tonight. She has Alzheimer’s and is deteriorating as the days go by. Her vocabulary is down to just a few short words. She doesn’t appear to know who anyone is anymore, yet she’s still friendly and giggly.
She had been living with my sister-in-law and her husband. They had help come in to watch over her and help out, but she had a fall a week or so ago and thankfully wasn’t hurt. Her absent-mindedness has become a safety issue so it was time to make this move for her own wellbeing. She just can no longer function safely in the house without 24 hour supervision.
It took a couple of hours to accomplish the move. The people at the center were as nice as they could be. The hardest part was leaving her there. We kind of had to sneak away. We just don’t know if she knows.
Granny Jo’s personality has changed so much in the last few years. She was always a health nut who took vitamins and never ate any sugar products. She’s forgotten that part of her life and now loves cookies and desserts. She was also a very private person and wasn’t the hugging type. Now whenever I’m around he she gives me a hug and holds my hand. I think being around many other people might be good for her as opposed to just sitting at home. We’re thankful that she’s pleasant and laughs a lot even though we don’t think she knows what she’s laughing at. She’s in pretty good health for an 85 year-old.
I’m so proud of my wife and her sister at how they treat her and never get upset with her. Their patience really shines through.
Just thought I’d share today’s events.