"Folks who know me know that I've been doing some caregiving work with my family for quite a while now--maybe about 8 years in some capacity. First it was mostly with my brother, then my mom, and then my dad and, really, the family as a whole. It's been possible for months, in large part because my dad has been strong enough to keep people OK while I'm at work.
This week, the entire landscape of family caregiving changed when my dad got rotator cuff surgery.... It would be difficult if all I had to do were take care of my dad 24/7 because neither of us would sleep, and I'd have limited gaps of time in between helping with his physical needs to do things like clean the house, do laundry, sleep, etc.
But I also have a mom with dementia (seemingly Alzheimer's) and a brother with Lennox-Gastau syndrome (or something near enough like it that it doesn't matter for the sake of this story). They need help, too, and the amount varies from hour to hour, day to day. Right now, for instance, my brother has a cold, which sometimes has neurological consequences--his speech becomes slurred to the point of incomprehensibility and he can't control his body movements enough to walk or do much of anything. My mom can't follow verbal direction or find her way from one room of the house to another, let alone bathe herself, dress herself, or go to the bathroom alone. If she gets sick, which is likely to have neurological side effects, it could end up making her incoherent and leading to increased experience of auditory and visual hallucinations, and that's just a start."
Get the picture? Kevin needs our help now to hire health professionals to help with the daily care of his family and meet other financial needs.
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