My Grandma Mary forgot how old she is this week. Some days she remembers everything and other days she forgets a lot.
The more time she has with others, the better she seems to be.
I made a decision at the end of 2017 to be more intentional about time with my Grandma. She lives over an hour from me, but I visit 3-4 times a month and it is usually on a "work" day. #entreprenuerfreedom
I rotate taking my boys and going on my own.
On Friday, Tahoe and I went to visit "Gigi". Here is he is showing her an incredible fighter jet he created from legos.
I love watching them together.
My Grandma is so good at listening to my kids that it reminds me to focus on being more present with them too.
We are doing all we can to honor my Grandma's desire to stay in her own home as long as possible. She is amazingly healthy (except for her memory) and is able to take care of herself.
Mary is an extreme introvert and fiercely independent so assisted living or a nursing home would not be ideal for her.
We have a caregiver that goes by 2 days a week and we will be increasing that this year. A neighbor checks in with her daily and each week she gets 2-3 visits from family members.
I am a big part of coordinating her care and we have been using technology to help with that.
A @ring doorbell has been an incredible way to keep track of who is coming and going and I can also see that my Grandma is up and about and has changed her clothes. She has a detached garage she goes out to a few times a day and the camera pick this all up.
We also got her a @portalfromfacebook so we could chat with her on video. Some days she can figure out how to work it and other days she can't. I wish it had an auto answer feature. What do you think Facebook?
She has a panic button she wears around her neck too, so if she falls she can get immediate help.
I'd love to know if you have any other technology suggestions that might assist her.
Also, do you have someone you are a caregiver for? Who is it? - 19 hours ago