That's my momma, the one in the front in the light blue coat and the white hair. She is 83 and has Dementia/Alzheimers disease. We have been caring for her as most of you know for the last 5 years with this disease. This past year has been a tremendous struggle, If it wasn't for the wonderful ladies pictured with my mom (and a few others not pictured) we would not have been able to care for mom the past two years. These ladies work at PADS (Porterville Adult Day Services). They provide services during the day Mon-Fri. They were wonderful! But, we could no longer care for mom in our home. Her safety and happiness was being compromised. On Feb. 3, we took mom to her new home. It is a wonderful little facility in Shafter, Ca. It is a combination skilled nursing facility and Dementia unit. On the Dementia side (where mom lives) it is set up similar to a home. They eat family style at a dining table. They have a living room, a kitchen and an outside courtyard. They have activities, music, parties and have free reign in there little area. All the patients in there are at about the same level as mom and they are like a big family.
We have not been able to visit yet,a s they are bonding with her. However, the first day she was there and in the first ten minutes she met "Bud" and they have been fast friends since! They report she is happy, sleeping well and eating well. PRAISE GOD!!!! God has truly blessed us in this. We had no idea what to do, and God just opened doors for this to happen. We were at the end of our rope and felt helpless and hopeless. We look forward to visiting our mom in another week or so. I am glad He has provided a place for her to be safe and happy in her last days/years on earth.
Once, we got past the feelings of failure, guilt, grief and dispair, and realized that we were no longer equipped to care for her here at home, we are finally peaceful and thankful that God ALWAYS provides.
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15