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on May 30, 2009 (Read 311 times | Comments: 2)
I'm trying to research any assistance that I may be able to get for my 84 year old mom when I go back to work. I don't have the funds to pay the type of monies needed. I need someone that can be at home with her for at least 8 hours a day. Does anyone know where I can get assistance? She is having an MRI on her neck and brain tomorrow morning to see the stage she's in. Any information you can share would be appreciated. Thank you!!

on Jun 01, 2009 Quote  »     Reply  »

Where are you located? you need to check with your city Human Services department and see what services are available in your area. I live in Virginia Beach, VA and we have respite care available through the city and affordable part time and full time day care , you can apply for Handi-Ride if that is available in your area.

on Jun 05, 2009 Quote  »     Reply  »

I know how you're feeling...my grandmother is an alzheimer's patient and it's very hard on my mother too. My mom is considering Respite care for when my mom needs a few days break or has a wedding or a long weekend to attend somewhere. My gram is also alone 8 hours a day and she is very bored, depressed and alone all the time. What level is your mom at? Does she roam, walk outside, a danger to herself? These are the things you need to evaluate and communicate to a respite care or adult day care person (a social worker, director or registered nurse at these places should be able to give you advice). My parents also do not have the funds to put her in a home 24/7 so respite care is another option for you. Do research on adult day centers in your area, inquire about respite care (cost, living arrangements, etc) and most importantly, educate yourself on the disease. Best of luck to you and your family-we're thinking of you!