Hoping someone may be able to help. My mum is in the advanced stages of Parkinsons. She has had it for 14 or 15 years now. She is 77.
Over the last year or so, her thought processes haven't been as good but we have noticed a peak in confusion for the last week. We don't know if it is progression of Parkinsons or whether it is being caused by a Water Infection (which she does have and has been on antibiotics for just over a week) or the antibiotics themselves (Nitrofurantoin) which are not mixing well with her other medication?
We are definitely at the stage where we need some advice and support as a family now. My dad is the main carer so I am sure he would benefit from having someone to talk to (although he probably thinks he doesn't need a counsellor as he would say 'what good is talking going to do?'.
My mum now faints regularly due to low blood pressure which causes added stress- obviously especially to my parents as they are the ones coping with this for 24 hours a day.
The kind of advice/ help I am looking for:-
- Has anyone gone through anything similar and can give wise or re-assuring words?
- Does anyone know if the antibiotics could be causing a peak in confusion? Or is it simply the water infection?
- What support is out there for my dad as a carer to give him a rest and also for my mum? How would we go about getting a great carer to help support my dad for a few hours a week etc? I live in a different town to my mum and dad and have two babies under 2 so do as much as I can from afar and having daily Facetime!
- How do you even broach the subject of the future and decision making for the person who is currently confused?