Mar 05, 2016 - 04:39 AM
With your parents, be sure to get a very experienced doctor with gerentological psychologoical and pharma expertise so that the right medications are prescribed to calm your dad, without exacerbating his dementia or impairing his ability to physically function. Your mom is probably still the woman your dad fell in love with, complaints and all, so he wouldn't want to change her personality too much; the appropriate medication should be prescribed to lightly lift her mood. Some counseling sessions with a trained professional may then be beneficial in conjunction with the medications in changing the negative interactions between your mom and dad. The goal should be towards developing a more positive "new normal" for coping with difficulties in their life together.
Since you are trained in hospice, you know that parents don't want to be a burden to their children - nor do they willingly take advice from these children. Even realizing this, you may be unable to step back and let someone else in your field take over. Be willing to step away and let other pros handle the situation from a less-emotional view. It may do you and your parents a lot of good.
Mar 05, 2016 - 06:55 AM
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