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How Peter's grandma made a huge impact in his life

My grandmother was such a kind person. All my life she encouraged me to be the best I could be and that I was perfect as I was. My grandma was so kind to us. My grandpa, unfortunately, fell into alcoholism and we all suffered the consequences. Throughout the years, as my grandparents grew older, I visited with them less and less.

After I graduated high school, I was given the chance to move to Los Angeles California from Idaho. I wanted the big city experience along with warm weather and a chance to pursue skateboarding more. I stayed with them for a while and helped them with chores around the house as repayment.

I attended college classes and started partying a lot which led to late nights and they didn’t like me not showing up some nights or coming home early in the mornings. My favorite part of having their home to stay at was how warm and safe it was there, along with some good food and a hot shower.

I had a falling out with my grandpa one night due to him being drunk and me staying up late and going to the kitchen to get some snacks. I had to leave, but it wasn’t before I had found some friends who had a place for me to stay. The sad part of this story was that from then on out, I wasn’t welcome to come over and hang out with my grandma. I traveled and worked a lot back then, so all said I distanced myself from them a bit over the next 5-10 years. I came back into their life more when my grandpa passed away almost 10 years later.

As she grew old, my grandma was no longer able to walk and she developed Alzheimer’s which meant she didn’t know who I was and she was asking for her husband all the time. Her husband George had passed away a month before this photo was taken. He was in his 90s and she was in her late 80s so it was a tough time for everybody. The whole family came together in Los Angeles to care for her but we found that it wasn’t enough and we needed to put her into a care home.

The process of looking for a quality care home was difficult. We went online initially but couldn’t find any good options easily. The result: we put her into a home that was too big for her, like an apartment building. It might work for elderly who are ok mentally but not those who have Alzheimer’s, they need special attention and care.

My sweet grandma was already well down the path of Alzheimer’s and not much could be done about her situation but to put her into an elderly care home and sell the house. I spent a lot of time over those few months helping to clean out the house. It was pretty bad but in the end, we were able to find my grandma a good home. I miss her dearly. Although it was a dysfunctional family, she was a ray of light and that made everything ok.

My grandma was always such a friendly lady. She spoke to everyone like a friend. She was making new friends at the nursing home we put her in. Unfortunately, this home didn’t have good caretakers and she fell and broke her hip a week later. 

We put her into a very small care home and they took good care of her but I always came over to take her for walks like this one. It was a tough 6 months for us, but her health got worse very quickly and she started going in and out of the hospital emergency room due to pneumonia.

One night she got a bad fever and the staff decided not to take her to the ER again because she had been so many times and we all knew she was ready to pass. That night she passed in her sleep. It was very emotionally rough for the whole family but we were all happy that she had finally found peace.

Today, we are grateful for the lovely ladies that took care of her and the technology that allowed her to get around during the day like her wheelchair, electric bed with rails, and various bathroom devices that the staff used to help her. I truly believe that with advancements in these senior care devices and modern health care that the future elderly will be able to live longer and happier lives.

 My goal with MobilityReady is to help people solve their problems and find solutions to their needs whether it’s mobility or health-related. My hope is that we can create a better lifestyle for these wonderful people who used to be young like us. If you want to join us on our journey to make the world a better place, subscribe to our newsletter so you can be a part of our community. ❤️❤️❤️

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