Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this forum, I know it will be an active one. This is a tough topic and having others to reach out to and to be there for each is other is just what we need. Bouncing ideas off each other, lending an ear, a place to turn to when that dreaded time comes of making the decision of putting a loved one in a nursing home (which none of us ever want to do), or whatever the concern might be.
My name is Dyan. I am a caregiver for the developementally disabled. I love my job and have been with my guys for 3 years now. I am a moderator on this forum. If you have any questions, needs or concerns dont hesitate to pm or email me.
I look forward to meeting you all.
This forum was a great idea. I recently have been having decisions to make with my mom. She has macular degeneration, epilepsy (which she's had since childhood), 2 hip surgeries, and recently had a minor heart attack. She lives alone but has home care. In the last year or so I have become more involved in her care plans. I am now her power of attorney and I guess that means I am responsable for her care? Right?
The problem is that I live 3 hours away and I am the closest to her. This is a new issue for me and tough because of my own health issues, job, kids, etc. Any advice would be helpful. She does not want to move, so we are trying to keep her as independant as possible. She has good neighbours and 2 sisters that live nearby. Just when I think she is ok, I usually get a call from her home care about something.
It is so sad to see our loved ones decline. It must be hard for being so far away. I'm in the town as my grandma and mom but I don't get to see them as much lately, because Ive been sicker than I have been. I do call everyday sometimes many times throughout the day just to make sure they are OK.
It really stinks when their memory starts going.
I posted a thread about a survey for Carers of PTSD Sufferers last week and can't seem to find it. I also posted the same in the PTSD group but am unable to find it. Was it not appropriate? As a Carer myself I want to come alongside and support others Carers in the best possible way, with the thought to start a support group of sorts in my local area.I realsie you need to watch out for predators, but that's not my intention.
Thanks for such a much needed site, full of much needed support.