When your parent has to go to the hospital


​Your parent with Alzheimer’s will likely have a hospital stay at some point, and there are three critical steps you need to take:

  1. Let hospital staff know your parents has Alzheimer’s
  2. Get your parents’ advance directive on file and be sure everyone is clear about its meaning
  3. Make the hospital room as familiar as you can

Watch this video for more on advance directives and understanding your parent’s wishes.

Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers by Paula Spencer Scott (2014)

Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical  Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers  appealed to me largely because I found it at a time when I wasn’t sure I would survive my father’s illness. It offers bite-sized tips and stories with support and instruction, making it easy to read in short bits of time. I also appreciated the emphasis on addressing stress and increasing quality of life for both the person with Alzheimer’s and those caring for him. The book teaches a problem-solving framework that will support you throughout your caregiving.

A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier by Callone, Kudlacek, Vasiloff, Manternach, and Brumback (2006)

I highlighted A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease and read back through my highlights periodically to refresh my own memory. Logically organized, you’ll find it worthwhile to read through the book and then make your own lists of practices to adopt. It’s easy to dip in and out, which makes reading it feasible even if you only have a couple of minutes at a time.

What’s your spot for renewal?

When you’re an Alzheimer’s caregiver, you may find it difficult to escape for rest and relaxation. But you’ve got to get refreshment on a regular basis, or you’ll wear yourself out. I spent time in the pool almost everyday because that restores me. Watch today’s video and discover where you can go to renew your energy and your perspective, and then go there.