Moving an elderly parent – common and challenging

Many families face the exhausting struggles of helping aging parents from afar. There are often many trips to check in on them, as well as hoping your frequent calls keep them connected in between visits.  However, when your parent has failing cognitive abilities as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you may be faced with the challenging task of moving them closer to you.

JFCS older adult counselors recently started helping Jessica, whose mother, Dorothy, had become physically aggressive from advancing Alzheimer’s disease.  After driving back and forth from Kansas, Jessica decided Dorothy needed to move to Louisville.  However, it was challenging to find care facilities willing to take on a new resident with aggression. Jessica learned that her experience was one that is widely shared.  It is normal to be frustrated and scared, but JFCS helped Jessica connect to resources so that she feels that she is not alone.

Dorothy is now living at home with Jessica, with support from Hosparus.  Jessica has the confidence that her mother’s medications are being administered properly after the location change created an upheaval in Dorothy’s condition.  Jessica is coming in regularly to have counseling to help cope with the grief of losing the mother she once knew, as well as helping her to come to terms with loving and living with the mother she now has.

Jessica’s story is all too common, and whether your loved one is living at home with you or in a care facility, JFCS can provide caregiving support. Call us today to be connected with our trained geriatric care managers, support groups, in-home care, and senior transportation services.

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