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Contact your local
Alzheimerís Association to get their advice on
the mode of transportation that might be best
for your mom. If you do have to fly commercial,
make arrangements days in advance with the
airlines and airport security at each airport
you will be flying through. Make your
flight as direct as possible. Carry a letter
from the doctors about her condition. Bringing
your guardianship papers would be a good idea.
Fly earlier in the day rather than later. See if
her doctor will prescribe something for the
stress that the flight may cause. Consider
employing the services of a commercial medical
escort for the trip. Another (yet more costly)
option is to consider a private air ambulance
service. If you are flexible about dates/times
to fly, it should affect the cost of the
Regarding the move in
general, you might want to see if you can get
anyone she respects (doctors?) to stand by you
about the decision to move to your town (a few
states away from where your mom is now).
Do make that appointment with a geriatric
psychiatrist, and soon.
Get the new facility involved early; Iím sure
they have gone through this many times.
Remember, no matter what a tough front she puts
up, she is afraid of a move or any change to her
present situation. This is true for anyone, MOST
especially those with cognitive disorders.
- Most important of all, stay strong. She is
blessed to have a son like you who is standing
by her, no matter how difficult the situation
may become. You know what you are doing is the
best for her Ėeven if she canít /wonít see it.
Putting in my own two cents for Richard