Does caring for another person ever get easier?

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momunit
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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 12/4/2004 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. I am happy to find this site. I recently started caring for my mom, she has alzheimers. There is so much to do. How does a person keep up? I stopped going to school for a year, but it is time to get back. I work part-time as a substitute teacher, married and have 3 young children of my own. I just moved her (my mom) from California to Texas a month ago. She is staying in an apartment across the street from my house. This way she can still live on her own and I can keep an eye on her. I am never sure when to check on her. I have not found the correct timing thing yet. Sometimes I am with her so much, I get nothing accomplished at home!  If I declare it a home day to get something done, I feel guilty for not spending the day with her and wondering every minute if she is all right? It seems like I am always a few chores behind! Bills,food, laundry to name a few for two households is hard to get done. Does it get easier?? I do not see how? I have contacted my local chapter, I start in a support group next week. I will also find out about adult daycare then. Any tips somebody has will be happily tried.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 12/6/2004 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
No,it never gets easier,only worse.Just pop in on her,as you NEED to know how she's doing.
You will need to start delegating your workload to others in the family,so you can have more time with your
Mom.What all can she still do?Can she set her medicines up or do you do that?
Hopfully she is on a medication for Alzheimer's(AD).
She may resist you on going to daycare,but try to get her to go.If she pitches a fit,as some do,you may not get her there.....................
 
Do you have power of attorney on her?If not you need to get one drawn up,get her tosign it in front of a notory,plus witnesses.Durable power of attorney is best,it covers everything,as you will be taking care of her,plus anything to do with her money.......


SnowyLynne

Post Edited (SnowyLynne) : 12/6/2004 9:12:34 PM (GMT-7)


momunit
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   Posted 12/8/2004 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank-you for your reply. I am going to check into getting a POA today. I manage her money so I can pay her bills for her. I'm still triing to get her moved into her apartment!! Got to get going now.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 1/7/2005 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I check chat every day no one ever is there.
Why not set a time say like 2 pm & 7 pm?
Any other ideas??
SnowyLynne

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