Entries by Holly Schmid

Letting Go | A Story About Accepting Help

Bernice was a mentor of mine who had no other family. We knew each other for 30 years and she became like family, watching our children grow up, coming to our house for holidays and just being a part of our lives. When dementia crept into her life, my husband and I became her guardians.

Emergency Medical Care for Alzheimer’s

As Bernice’s caregiver, friend, and power of attorney, I was responsible for decisions made for her care. I never really considered what would happen when the need for emergency medical care for Alzheimer’s arose. An emergency trip to the hospital can be traumatic for you as the caregiver as well as the person in your care. After several falls that resulted in trips to the hospital over the last three years, I finally had a system figured out that worked for me.