THE ADULT CAREGIVER: WHEN IS IT TIME TO MAKE THE MOVE

What are the red flags? How do I know when it’s is time for my family member to make the move to an Assisted Living, Personal Care, or Skilled Facility? What should we look for?

When people call us at The Homeplace at Midway, we will ask some of the following questions:

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JEANS JOURNEY

She loved her family and was an extreme University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. Mom worked at the UK Library for more than 30 years. She loved “her” UK basketball team. She had season tickets and attended every game. Mom had many life-long friends and was involved in loads of activities. She was active in her church. She loved to travel. She took cruises and toured Europe and Hawaii as well as many places in the United States. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

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JEANS JOURNEY - BY SUE WILLIAMS, HER DAUGHTER

that each day she saw a family member and received the love each of us felt for her. Even though this disease had taken many things from her, we believed the essence of our mother and grandmother still remained and we wanted to feed that part.


In 2014, Mom moved into the Memory Care unit at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, a Christian Care Community. Bridgepointe was within walking distance from my home. It was a perfect situation. After moving in, I noticed the difference. It did not feel nor look like a care facility. It was beautiful! The director, social worker and staff could not do enough for us and they treated Mom as if she was their FRIEND! I started volunteering at the Best Friends Day Center (attached to Bridgepointe) after Mom moved into Bridgepointe so I could better understand the Best Friends Approach™.


Mom lived at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods until 2016, when she had a fall and broke her hand. She never walked or used her right hand after that. In March 2016, she moved to The Homeplace at Midway because she needed more clinical care. The Homeplace is a skilled care facility that also uses the Best Friends Approach™.


Mom’s caregivers at each facility loved her so deeply. She had the biggest smile and offered all her caregivers at Bridgepointe and The Homeplace kisses on a regular basis. Our interactions were again very personal with the staff at The Homeplace. The care provided by Bridgepointe and The Homeplace, using the Best Friends Approach™, helped Mom live a good quality life and made the lives of our family more normal. This style of care reassures both resident and family. It cultivated an atmosphere of trust and confidence. I cannot even imagine having my mom live in any other environment.


Mom taught me patience, love, kindness and how to make the best out of a bad situation. I know I am a better person as a result of the hours I spent with her. The day she left us (this year) was bittersweet. BITTER because I can never see or talk to her or hold her hand, BUT, because of our FAITH, SWEET to know SHE IS FREE AND IN A BETTER PLACE! I learned so much about her as I cared for her. Even through this disease she was strong, determined, caring and kind. She fought each day to survive and live life to the fullest. My family is so grateful for Christian Care and the Best Friends Approach™ of care. I intend to return to the Best Friends Day Center as a volunteer and to have my eyes opened to situations where I can apply what I have learned through this journey with my mom.

BY SUE WILLIAMS

She loved her family and was an extreme University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. Mom worked at the UK Library for more than 30 years. She loved “her” UK basketball team. She had season tickets and attended every game. Mom had many life-long friends and was involved in loads of activities. She was active in her church. She loved to travel. She took cruises and toured Europe and Hawaii as well as many places in the United States. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. In 2009, Mom remarried after being a widow for almost 15 years. She was 83 and her husband was 85. For five years, they were like newlyweds.


Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004. Our family banded together to care for her. We spent close to 10 years making sure she was well cared for. While Mom lived with us, my husband and I attended classes provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. Our goal was to learn as much as we could about the disease and how to best care for and communicate with Mom. My two children and daughter-in law had a regular and active part in her care, as did my brother. Did it impact all our lives? The answer is YES!!!!


As primary family caregiver, my life and my husband’s revolved around Mom’s needs.


Decisions to travel or visit grandchildren were always made after considerations of Mom’s care. Our family felt it was very important