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Old 06-28-2005, 08:41 AM   #1
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Question Caring for Mom

Is anyone caring for their Mom? I'm looking for other women whose Mothers still live on their own, but as time goes on is spending more and more time having to take care of their mother. I'm a Mom of two and want to know how other Mom's find time to take care of their Mothers, on top of their responsibilites at home. How do you manage your time?

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Old 06-28-2005, 11:02 AM   #2
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Re: Caring for Mom

Everyone "must" set priorities, then, let other things go, you cannot be superwoman and survive, your own health will suffer. Your family needs you and your mom needs you AND you need time for yourself or you will end up with a severe case of burnout.

When running errands for yourself, do some for your mom at the same time and do not run here and there at every whim. Have mom make a list as to what she needs and let her know on a certain day you will take care of it.

How far away does your mom live from you? Do you work outside the home?
Have you thought about signing her up with a safety network and she would wear an alert around her neck and when in real need healthwise, just push the button and help would arrive? I forget what this service is called or where to check for it. Anyone in the medical profession can fill you in on this service.

Depending on age of children, they can help with doing things for their grandmother, relieving you from doing it all.

There are only 24 hrs in a day and you will have to learn how to use it wisely in order to retain your sanity!!

Does your mom need help with baths, etc? If so, she may qualify for home health aides one or two times a week. They will be able to help with her house chores as well as assist her while there. If your mom lived in your home they would only take care of her bedroom. Check with her doctor and find out what is available for her at this stage.

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