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This Week's Carenote - 08/16/11

I have been taking care of my dad for five years. He has Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís and had a stroke. In the beginning, I would leave work and go straight to his house, only to find out from neighbors that he had been trying to get into parked cars. I know he was looking for his car. He also was found on the highway after leaving his girlfriendís side for a moment. We found him three days later at the hospital. Thatís when I decided to move in and leave my job. I have exhausted all my money and wonder why I have done this. I know I promised my dad I would never put him in a nursing home. His girlfriend left to stay with her daughter in Florida and then passed away from emphysema. Never told my dad because he never asks about her. Itís sad because he does not know what is going on. He does not wander now that his mobility is getting worse. He fell on Motherís Day when the aide was trying to get him out of the bathroom. His knees are real bad. I donít know if I should still make him walk the short distance to the bathroom, but I donít want him to be completely bedridden.

Does anyone take care of someone that is totally bedridden? I need suggestions on how to take care of him in that way. He has the hospital bed and air mattress. I am just so afraid if he stays in bed more he will start getting bed sores. I know it will eventually happen as he is getting weaker.
 
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