Just wanted to say a big thank you to those of you who suggested I contact our local hospice for some respite care for dad. The senior nurse came out today to talk to us about what they had to offer. I was SO nervous, as this is really important for my mom to get a break, but never thought dad would agree to it. Well, he DID! Not only that, he seemed very pleased and asked when was the earliest he could go in!
Mom and I were a little bit hysterical with giggles at one point, as we were riddled with guilt, dreading suggesting it, etc, and he almost snapped the nurse's hand off with the offer..maybe he can't wait to get away from us!
Still can't quite believe what the hospice have offered - one day each week, they'll fetch and bring back, he gets access to doctors, consultants, physios, speech therapists, hair dressers, reflexologists and massage therapists. They provide a home cooked three course meal, with an alcoholic drink too - I think this is what sold it for him!
So very, very relieved this evening. We're waiting to hear when the first day will be, and I'm going to take my mom out for lunch and do some clothes shopping, get her kitted out with something nice to give her a lift.
Can't express how much I appreciate this group already. Thank you all!