It may be selfish of a care partner to continue pushing their limits. Taking a break gives people the energy to keep going for the long haul that is dementia care.
Memory tests like the MoCA can be used to screen for dementia but they have their limitations. Memory tests often have to be adjusted to account for person's language, education, age and cultural factors. They can also be adapted for use with people who are visually impaired.
It is natural to want to extract a promise from a family member who may be making decisions for you in the future, such as never placing you in long-term care. But is that fair, or realistic? How does the family member feel if they have to leave a promise unfulfilled?
Pressure ulcers (also referred to as "bedsores") cause the breakdown of skin and underlying tissues and are an unfortunate consequence of immobility. These ulcers are caused by constant pressure against the skin and are the result of shearing forces, which is basically friction of skin against a surface. Bony parts of the body like a heel or tailbone are the most common places for ulcers to happen. The management of pressure ulcers includes treatment after an ulcer has occurred as well as p...