No one can prepare you for a spouse who develops Alzheimer’s disease. It is so easy to be frustrated and feel hopeless and helpless. When my husband Mike began wandering (sometimes outside our home) or became a bit combative I knew it was no longer safe for him to be at home. Three people in my church said I should visit Collingswood and see if this could be my answer to ours needs. I am so glad I did.
Mike has been at Collingswood since before Christmas and in many ways he is like a different person. I used to provide every bit of the care he needed myself and often he would resist what I was trying to do. He would get very agitated and sometimes strike out. He is still confused but now he doesn’t resist the care he needs. The staff completely understand what to do and when. They are also so supportive of me as I continue to try to cope.
Mike seems so peaceful and has a pleasant demeanor. He enjoys music again and even danced with me during one of my daily visits. He enjoys the activities there very much. I am so grateful to Collingswood for enabling us to enjoy meaningful time together again.