Are you taking care of an aging parent in your home?
If so, I'd like to hear about:
- What are some of your biggest challenges?
- What are some of the positives?
- How is your family getting along?
- What resources you are using to help you?
- Are there any products that have been particularly helpful?
When I was in high school my grandfather came to live with us for the final year of his life. On the positive side, he was a great man, and we felt lucky to share those last months with him and be able to keep him out of a nursing home. On the negative side, it was a burden on my parents. As he deteriorated, he needed more and more care, which was frustrating for my grandfather and difficult to cope with for my parents. Looking at it completely honestly, it did add some stress to our family, and our relationship with extended family that did not contribute as much. I guess my only advice would be to keep in mind why you are doing this. You are taking care of someone that took care of you and that (hopefully) you love deeply. And also, don't feel guilty if you need to take a night, day, week off. Some don't have that luxury, but don't be afraid to ask for help from family or hire a nurse for the day. Taking occasional breaks will be better for everyone!
My mother lived with us during her last three years alive. It worked out well for us as we had an apartment in our home that had a separate kitchen, living room, kitchen and her own bedroom.
We never had a need for outside assistance and having her so close meant the world to us. She did hit a nerve or two a few times as she wanted to be the MOM still, but it was all in love.
We were plenty fortunate that our home was big enough to accommodate her and yet we all had our own space.
My grand daughter was living with us also at that time and it was great to have so many generations under one roof. I miss it and her a lot!
In our society aging parents are given deep respects. In our home we give them the best we could. Since they have brought us in this world, they are entitled for every comfort at the old age. Sometime we are not able to take them along for parties and ceremonies and due to their old age, they are required to stay back alone. This is one kind of problem we face. Again when they are sick, the entire home is affected as even for a miinor problem they being old take long time to recover. But anyways, their presence in the family always gives a positive sign because we feel encouraged and tense free when they are there with us.
YES....they are my mother and father in laws...
it is advantageous for me and my husband because we can see, hear, listen and take care of them everyday.we dont have to worry what might happen to them.we eat together usually by night and weekends.but we have to be more carefull of what food to eat,it should be more fruits and veggies than meat and processed foods.
by TJ Stephens 4 years ago
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