Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter enters hospice care in Plains, Georgia, nine months after former President Jimmy Carter’s plans to enter home hospice care were announced.”
The family stated in a statement through the Carter Center on Friday that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter entered home-based care in hospice approximately six months after being diagnosed with mental health issues.
In a statement, former President Jimmy Carter and their grandson Jason Carter said, “Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has entered home-based care in hospice at home.” “She and President Carter are spending time together with each other and their family. The Carter family is requesting privacy and is grateful for the love and support.
The announcement comes nine months after it was announced that Jimmy Carter had entered hospice care at home in Plains, Georgia.
When the diagnosis of Rosalynn’s mental health issues was announced, family members had said that they hoped sharing her diagnosis would increase conversations about mental health at kitchen tables and in doctors’ offices, addressing the stigma that can prevent people from seeking help.
“As the founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, Mrs. Carter often reminded us that there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. The universality of caregiving is evident in our family, and we are experiencing the joys and challenges of this journey with gratitude,” the statement said.
The organization announced the establishment of a website to leave messages of support for Rosalynn and the Carter family.
Dementia is a general term for a brief capacity to remember, think, and make decisions, primarily affecting older adults. The causes of mental health issues can vary – the CDC states that 80% of cases are due to Alzheimer’s disease, while other forms include vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia.
In 1970, after her husband was elected governor, Rosalynn served as Georgia’s First Lady and worked on statewide tours for mental health facilities. She also served on the Governor’s Commission on Mental Health, focusing on improving services for individuals with mental and emotional disabilities.