|troubled resident||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynette Bassman (lbassmanalliant.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:51:34 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi. We have an older resident who has recently been struggling with some kind of dementia-like syndrome (still being diagnosed) that involves acute paranoia for at least part of most days, and mild confusion during the good times. Several other residents have been in touch with her adult daughter who lives about 4 hours away, and have been helping manage the situation and take care of the resident, taking her to doctors' appointments, trying to soothe her, encourage her to take her medication, etc. But her needs are escalating, and she does not always respond to us. Instead, she sometimes becomes quite frightened of us. So unless the situation improves very soon, we are thinking that she won't be able to continue to live here, despite all the loving support that her neighbors can provide. We are wondering if any other communities have faced similar situations and if so, what your experience was. We especially are struggling with the limits of the care that it is appropriate for neighbors to provide, and how to help her daughter know when it is no longer okay for her to live here, or at least not without professional in-home care. Thank you for any wisdom you can share. Lynette La Querencia Fresno Cohousing
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