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Narrative medicine at home

María Gómez del Valle.
Language: English
Country: Spain
Typology: patients and relatives
I deal with my mother (83 years) for two years. Expected me the diagnosis of the disease, but she wasn't ready to give her all the care in the House. This requires lots of patience and love by the caregiver, as it is a very exhausting task. To change ideas we, my husband and I choose two days during the week to go to the cinema, to the restaurant, the swimming pool or to see some friends... without this could not stand it Most importantly for caregivers is to find a good specialist who knows the disease so that it can help you to properly play their role. The choice of assistants involved in the care of my mother in our absence is also very important. Dealing with an Alzheimer's patient requires much observation to understand him. In our case, for example, three months ago that he could not sleep well. We have consulted a psychiatrist in the hospital and he has asked us many things about their daily lives and their biographical past. She understood that he felt much anger towards men, explaining his State. Once you put a treatment, already sleeping better at night and has recovered her smile. But to keep a sick much as possible at home, it is essential to keep the routine tasks of the sick. In addition, the support of the community has an important role in this situation.

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