The mom my siblings and I remember best was the matriarch not only of our family but also of the community. She was in charge of every bake sale and raised funds for all the local nonprofits. She was the glue of the family, the keeper of the family traditions, the host of every holiday. She never forgot a birthday card and always went out of her way to ask how your life is.
So, when my mom called me terrified at 3 in the morning for the fifth time I knew something had to change.
The problem is my siblings. I’ve got an out-of-town brother who only sees Mom once or twice a year — and I know he hears a different version of every story from my mom than he gets from me. I see the dirty house and empty fridge and social withdrawal. He, on the other hand, sees a smiling face on Zoom and hears the same voice over the phone that he has for years.
It was time for a family meeting. We needed to get on the same page about moving Mom to a senior living community and figure out the best way to care for Mom together.
We knew it was important for Mom to participate in the discussion. I found an article online about tips for talking about moving to memory care with someone with memory loss, and it was super helpful.
I sat down at the kitchen table where Mom had served our family all those amazing home-cooked dinners over the years. It was there that I began the admission paperwork and intake forms necessary for her to start the next stage of her life. I knew in my heart that if she was aware of what was happening, she would approve.
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