For those of you who don't already know, my mom is 96. She has lived in a retirement facility for about 4 years. I have been able to keep her on independent living because I do her pills on a weekly basis.
A couple of weeks ago I found out that she is no longer taking a shower. Only "spit baths" as she calls them. I asked her how she was washing her hair (she wears wigs all the time) and she replied that she wasn't. Her hair didn't need it! So needless to say the alarms started going off all around me!
I decided that it was time for Assisted Living. They will now give her her meds and help with bathing a couple times a week. She doesn't have to give up her lovely apartment and they are willing to adjust to her schedule. It sounds great, doesn't it? Well, yesterday they didn't give her her morning pills or her bath. So I will give them a couple of weeks to adjust.
My question for you. Does anyone have any advice for dealing with assisted living arrangements? If so, please email me and share at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know I've said it before, but dealing with aging parents is a whole new and difficult situation. Wish I had all the answers.
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