My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last summer. His short-term memory was gone almost overnight and he has since lost his ability to carry out many everyday functions, such as bathing and cooking.
He had told us that he’d rather die than end up in a nursing home. So of course we were determined to keep him in his own home. After mountains of paperwork and multiple appointments, my grandfather’s application for the nursing home deterrence program was accepted. We were then told he qualified for 24-hour at-home care.