Do you take care of an Elderly parent?

United States
January 12, 2010 8:24am CST
My Dad died back in 1999 and since then I have had my mother living with me. Over time it has become a difficult challenge since she is not well. I love her with all my heart but know. An old folks home is just out of the question because I know she would die there. Do you or someone you know have a similar situation?
3 responses
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
13 Jan 11
I had my dad for a week at Christmas...he invited himself over to stay. I'm having him again in February for 2 weeks but not sure when. It is difficult caring for them especially when they don't wear their hearing aids so they don't hear you. Yet they talk to you all the It can be hard in so many ways but Dad will not go anywhere else except to be with me. He wants to stay in his home till he is no longer aware of what is going on but meanwhile, he is less and less able to take care of himself. He has a carer who comes 2-3 times a day to check on him and see to his needs. He takes him shopping, on outings and to appointments etc. There is also a gardener who looks after the lawn mowing, weeding and tidying of the huge garden. There is also a team of women who come 4 times a week for a total of 5 hours...this is a service that Dad pays for as part of his aged care. Two of my siblings want to put him in a home but he does not want to go.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
14 Aug 10
Yes i love them more my grandparents and i take care of them
• United States
12 Jan 10
My mother is getting up there in age. She is always in pain as well. I have to help her bring her shopping bags to the third floor. I am glad that your caring for your mom. it should not be any other way. May god bless you for this. Good day to you