Chelsea from Delaware
My grandmother Phyllis became ill recently. She was used to being pretty self sufficient but now we really can't allow it, for safety purposes. We're all used to her being sharp as a tack so it's an adjustment for all of us, not just her. To make sure she's not having moments of confusion, I'll ask her things like the date, season, weather etc. We get her medications ready for her by separating them into a pill case by day so she doesn't have to try to open the bottles or remember which ones she needs. Sometimes she loses her balance and will fall so I have to help get her up and make sure she's ok. When you have a relative that's normally alert and oriented, you have to be patient with them. You can't get frustrated because they can't help it.