A Little Help from Her Aide

Why, yes!! The home health aide that comes twice weekly to help E shower has helped me get my nightgown off twice now. Thanks for asking.

And, yes, my hubby did take me to get button down pajamas at Target yesterday.

E still has no idea what this black sling I’m wearing is for nor why I nap so much. It’s new to her every day.

So every morning I sweetly say, “Good morning. I’ll need your help today. I had shoulder surgery a few days ago. I can’t use my right arm. And it still hurts a bit. So can you please be patient with me?” She always gives me a sympathetic look and says she will.

With dementia, we sometimes need help from others. As I did to get a nightie over my head. And we definitely need to repeat important information so our PWD isn’t frightened or concerned by “new” things like my big black sling and strange ice machine.

Pictured is the ice machine I use almost 24/7.

Alzheimer’s, dementia, dementia care, Eldercare, rotator cuff, shoulder surgery


I write about my life, my journey, my family, and my faith. I am wife to one, mom to seven with one in heaven, and grandmother to many. I am also full-time caregiver to my stepmom E who suffers from dementia due to Alzheimer’s. In my spare time I like to read, travel, crochet, bike, and play with our black pug Molly.

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