Letter from a Grateful Caregiver

Dear VITALity Help Line,

It was beginning to get hard for me to manage the care of my husband at home. He was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and having trouble remembering our conversations and what day of the week it was. He would often ask the same question over and over again and I didn’t know what to do. He would become angry at me if I said anything to him about it. I couldn’t leave him alone anymore and it was hard for me to get out of the house.

I spoke with our pastor, Father Davis, who told me about the new VITALity Help Line. I called the Help Line and spoke to Natasha the Resource Specialist. She listened carefully to me and suggested that a Care Coordinator come to my home to meet us to talk about getting some help. I wanted my daughter to be there also.

Rachel is the care coordinator who visited us. She is a registered nurse and very knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s disease. She talked about the disease and what to expect. She gave us information about how to communicate with my husband when he is confused and becomes agitated. I wanted to attend a support group but didn’t know anything about it. Rachel got me the information and my daughter agreed to watch Dad while I went to the group and also while I go out for errands and grocery shopping. Rachel explained other services that may help us, such as help at home and respite care. Right now we don’t need anything else but now I know where to call when we need help.

“A Grateful Caregiver”