Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

Snow Day

Yesterday, it snowed 2 inches in the Midwest and the city shutdown! Schools were closed "snow day" and traffic was gridlocked during the morning hours. Can you imagine?

Unfortunately, my aide Sharon had a car accident on the way to work which meant that I spent the day with Muddear. Thank goodness, Sharon wasn't injured but her car was possibly totalled. Actually, I was surprised when Sharon called me - she was hysterical! I spent 10 minutes calming her down and telling her what to do. You know like - call the police, call for a tow truck, etc.

Today, the saga continued...

Sharon wasn't able to get a rental car until late morning/early afternoon and she was "supposed" to arrive at 1:00 p.m. By 1:45 this afternoon, both Mike and I were in a panic because the aide had not arrived. Mike stayed home with Muddear but needed to leave by 3:00 p.m. and I thought I was going to have to leave work earlier than planned.

But it the drama continues on...

Earlier in the week I requested Sharon to arrive an hour early on Friday (tomorrow). Due to the weather, Sharon asked to spend the night to make sure she arrives on time. Please understand that Sharon is NEVER late for work, but since the accident she is terrified to drive. I really like Sharon, but this is a little bizarre. Like, where would she sleep?

However, because there is no way I can be late to work tomorrow morning, I think I am going to let her. (I do have a pullout sofa in the family room.)

Now I have been sucked into the drama.


Glorious Hats said...

Flexibility - ah flexibility. It is a good thing. Glad you have it. Actually kind of amazing that Sharon is continuing to come and do her job, and probably evidence of her major commitment to Muddear and to you.

One of the nicest things about being retired from a regular paying job, is not having to drive on winter stormy roads. I count myself very lucky in that.

Here is wishing the weather improves and the roads become safe and sound soon. Hugs, Jane

Anonymous said...

Ok. Now this is a too hilarious, yet a little bizarre. A thousand questions come to mind: Would you have to entertain her? Would you have to feed her? Would she want to shower? Is your bathroom clean?

Having a friend stay the night is one thing, having someone who you employ just seems a little odd. But heck, if Sharon staying would ensure that you arrive to work in a timely manner, I would welcome her and even supply the linens!

Nikki said...


I agree. On any other occasion all of those thoughts would have run through my mind. It's funny, I think I was just too surprised to think of them. Not to mention the fact, Sharon is in my home 40 hours a week Monday through Friday, so she has seen it at its worst as well as its best. I've got nothing to lose.

I like your humor...reminds me of a friend. :-)

Nikki said...


I definitely think I am flexible. Thank goodness so is Sharon.

Truly, I am grateful that Sharon is dedicated to both her job and caring for my grandmother. In the past we have had a few really bad aides.

Sharon was a ram in the bush!