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As time went on he was admitted to the hospital for a series of heart troubles.
Suddenly one day he stopped speaking, this happened about four years into his illness, by year four he was unable to help himself and was still having mini-strokes some of which require more hospitalization, so he was in and out of the hospital. His suffering escalated in the hospital when he started having UTI (URINARY TRACT INFECTION) unsterile catheterization suspected.
By this time he became contracted, from lack of exercise and ROM (range of motion) we were introduced to nursing homes, so he was placed into two different ones, at different times. We were never fans of Nursing Homes because in many cases they are usually understaffed and patients underserved.
On one accusation, my mom and I thought that we should make an early morning visit to see him. Luckily, we went because he was running a very high fever, nonresponsive and his aid was stuffing food in his mouth. We got busy and had him transferred back into the hospital. We almost lost him that day. He remained motionless from that day until his death later on.
Soon after that episode we decided that he would have a more dignified end of life if we took him home so we did just that.
This was a very hard time for us because we all worked outside the home and was always tired, especially my mother. She went through more suffering, because the man that was lying in the bed in the adjoining room motionless was her husband for more that forty years. She also had to deal with disagreeable family in laws
Regardless of our tiredness we carried on.
As the illness ran down to the wire, he had gastro-tube for feeding, and pain meds. When he came home from the Nursing Home he brought home a stage two to three ulcer on his left hip, that was horrible because he was constantly in pain.
That was one of the hardest for me, because I could not dress it. I would tear up every time the dressing was removed. The strong robust gentleman of a father that I knew had fallen apart.
Within five to six years of intense stress and worry for him one Friday morning in April four years ago, his heart made one last huge thump and failed. The cause of death was Congestive Heart Failure.
I was overjoyed because he was no longer in pain, and his body would no longer continue to brake.
There were no tears at that moment but smiles and sighs of relief, death had become a relief, and we were very happy.
The funniest thing happened; my mother’s knees were fine till the day of the funeral.
During the service we noticed that she was limping, it turned out that, her right knee gave out, a few years after she had a total right knee replacement.
She is doing fine now, still working and is happily going on with her life as a widow. My sister and I are also doing well, still in the business of senior care.
In memory and love for my dad I found comfort in helping to care for others who are suffering for Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. I write about it because I would love to let you know that it is not a nice journey, but love and compassion usually takes you through.
My life is now given in-service for the elderly and for the sufferers of this terrible disease.
As an advocate I have joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Association to fundraise for researches and raise awareness about the disease. To learn more about the 2012 walk to end Alzheimer’s you may log on to www.alz.org/walk where you may donate to this cause.
Also as a servant to the cause I am employed, serving as one of the finest professional care givers ever, with Sheridan Care in the Los Angeles are.
We provide affordable care for your loved ones as they go through this terrible time in their lives. We are a great help to families who need private care at home, the Hospital, Nursing Home and Assisted Living. If you need my help you will find me here www.sheridancare.com I have found great joy in providing quality end of life care.