Apr 27, 2010

Barter Alzheimer's Day Care

How about an Alzheimer's Reading Room on wheels? ....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Under the article -- Carole Larkin Asked -- Does Dotty Go to Alzheimer's Day Care -- we received a few interesting comments (so far).

I liked this comment by reader Sandy,
Not only does it give me a break twice a week but I find he is more "with it" when I pick him up in the evening.
Both Sandy and her loved one are benefiting from the day care. This is a good thing. I am always intrigued when caregivers use words like "more with it" or "more there." I think most caregivers, including me, really enjoy the feeling of more there. I think this feeling helps us keep going and certainly puts us in a better mood.

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Jocelyn wrote,
"I would not survive if he didn't go to day care; and, sometimes he says they are boring but he always seems better when he gets home."
It appears her husband has a lot of energy, so the day care probably defuses some of the energy. It must be improving his attitude judging by her words. Jocelyn uses her day care vacation time to get things done and have lunch with a friend or her sister. That has to be good for her mentally and emotionally. Once again, a positive for caregiver and caregivee.

CJ Wright wrote,
They offer art, exercise hour, lunch (in varying states of puree), live music, pet visits, lectures, gardening, PT sessions, a few nurses always on hand, long time staff. It's a gorgeous new facility. This gives Mom her own life, and there are always other eyes there to watch for health problems.
Sounds to me like this is an excellent facility. I think there are more and more of these types of facilities coming into being. The world is finally starting to take notice that there is "more there" when it comes to patients suffering from Alzheimer's dementia. This is a big change from six years ago.

I also found it interesting that CJ says it gives "mom her own life". I LIKE it. While I never thought about it before, having other eyes to look for health problems or behavior changes has to be a good thing.

Judy's comment reminded me of something I considered a long time ago and had forgotten about. How about an Alzheimer's Reading Room on wheels?

Maybe caregivers could barter. You watch my patient once a week for four hours, and I'll watch yours. This would be a barter transaction. A service for a service. Of course, it would take a little doing matching up the right patients and caregivers, but it does not seem to be me that this is the kind of obstacle that could not be overcome.

I am sure if this were to be accomplished some of the caregivers would also become friends. This friendship would allow for the exchange of ideas. It would also help overcome feelings of loneliness which are very common among caregivers.

The more I think about this, again, the more I am convinced that this is one whopping good idea. Maybe the best of all my nutty ideas.

This idea is not "rocket science". I wonder if it is already happening somewhere?

Has anyone seen or heard about anything like this?

It seems to me that the barter service I am envisioning could be easily executed through our churches and high schools.

Is this Bunkhouse logic idea a good idea? Is it doable? Your thoughts?

No pooping on my parade on this one.
Bartering is a medium in which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods and/or services without a medium of exchange, such as money.
Bob DeMarco
is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 4,600 articles with more than 350,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.
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