Frau Dubois

Mrs. Dubois lives in the western region of Switzerland. She is 78 years old at the time of the interview. Her husband, 77, who lives in a nursing home, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia four years ago. Her husband’s aggressiveness and incontinence made home care impossible. Before deciding to transfer to a nursing home, Mrs. Dubois increased the amount of time her husband spent at a day program, which he had attended once a week, to ease the burden. In between, he spent several weeks in a home, where he behaved just as aggressively. Mrs. Dubois receives support from her sisters and from the nursing staff in the home. With the dementia, her marital happiness collapsed. Mrs. Dubois had worked as a doctor, running a joint practice with her husband. The imminent sale of their house feels like a great loss.