A family is sharing their struggle as an example of how hard it can be to care for an elderly family member in the middle of a pandemic.
When Carol A Bugdalski-Stutrud looks at her mother now, she wonders what happened. Ninety days ago her mother, Irene, was relatively active for a 97-year-old.
When she had a minor fall at her assisted living facility in Warren, a decision was made to send her to rehab for skilled nursing. That was before the state of Michigan shut down because of COVID-19 and what happened next was a series of events Bugdalski-Stutrud calls horror stories.
Like many families, Bugdalski-Stutrud was cut off from her mother -- other than window visits. She couldn’t assess her health, couldn’t see that she was losing weight, not getting meds. Her belief is that her mother became a side effect of overworked and waning staff because of COVID-19.
When Bugdalski-Stutrud moved her mother to a second care center -- the same thing happened.
Before this all began, her mother was 100 pounds. Now, she’s barely 75. She has stopped eating. She is shutting down.