What? I can't put my mom in a nursing home! - page 2

Hello everyone, I am very sad. I have been sad for the past 2.5 years and I want to know what you think. My mom suffered a massive stroke in July of 2004 which left her left side paralized and she... Read More

  1. by   BSNtobe2009
    I think you can get a live-in companion at a fraction of the cost.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Some very good advice from the others. I have none to add.Just want to send you my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.
  3. by   blueyesue
    My father told me that he wants us to put him in a nursing home, but to make sure that we put him in one with lots of older ladies so he can chase them around in his wheelchair. He just doesn't want to be a burden. I don't know what I will do when he gets older. I hope I will be able to provide in home care. I wish you and your family the best.

    One more thought. My grandmother was ailing, and my family wanted me to take care of her daily. They even gave me $50/day. (I was a CNA) I stayed with her during the day to help with her needs. I was there at her bedside when she breathed her last breath at home. She called out my name and I was there to hold her hand.

    What about hiring family or a friend? They have the love and trust your Mother needs.
    Last edit by blueyesue on Dec 7, '06
  4. by   rnurse2b
    I have been there. My mother is a 12 year heart transplant receipient, IDDM, ileostomy, dumping syndrome, COPD, etc. In 2004, she started declining rapidly, I got her on CBA (community based alternatives), they remodeled her bathroom to be handicapped assessible and she got 6 hours of assistance. Unfortunately that only lasted 4 months, her health kept declining and dad and I couldn't keep up with everuthing she needed, we had to place her in a nursing home. That was extremely hard for me to do. Mom and dad made me POA and left the decision to me.
    I have 3 much older sisters and one older brother, I never lived with my parents growing up, instead, my maternal grandmother raised me. My siblings are "too busy" to help with mom's Dr. appointments or anything mom or dad need. I live 45 minutes away, but manage to meet her Dr. appointments and meet mom and dads needs.
    Do I resent mom for putting me in this position? Sometimes I get very frustrated, but I love my mom and I still second guess myself. But all in all I just want her to be cared for. Sometimes I think I drive the nursing home staff batty with all my questions, but all I want is the best for mom. I do feel guilty, but, at the same time, I really didn't have a choice.
    Best of luck to you and I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    I am sorry to hear that this is going on. I don't have much to contribute in terms of advice, because most of it seemed to have been covered here, but I wish you love and healing in the future.
  6. by   chuchie
    Thank you so much everyone, again it's really appreciated. She is in Minnesota, I had moved back here from California and I was thinking about getting her a senior apt. and then finding out what the cost of someone just comming in during the day and then I can help her out with her showers 3x's a week and make a trip to the grocery store and pharmacy once a week. Do you think that would be most cost effective? She mostly needs help with showers, errands, getting dressed, and helping her with her medications......and someone to keep her company. Due to her anemia she just goes out in about in her wheelchair where before she could walk with a four-quad cane. Therefore, she is asking me to get her something every five minutes and it's driving me crazy.
  7. by   Miyoung107
    First off I just want to say that I am sorry you have to be faced with this decision. When I think to the future to when my parents may need to be cared for the last think I would want to do is put them in a nursing home, just as i am sure you never imagined you would either.

    However, hearing your situation, maybe it could be a temporary solution just until you are able to complete nursing school and are able to afford better care for your mom. Also, have you tried looking into nurses that do home visits? Depending on home much assistance you mom needs this could be an alternative. Or how about if one of your siblings took care of her for a couple years and once you finished with school you could get together and decide what actions you might take next. If you do end up having to go with a nursing home just make sure to do the research and make sure they provide good care and resources. While a nursing home should be a last resort, if you have looked to alternative but really just cannot afford it or nothing else seems to pan out just remember a nursing home doesnt have to be permanent commitment.

    Although it may seem selfish at first you should be concernced with your future as well. You dont want to be left with resentment because you had to care for your mom and forfeit nursing. Plus nursing can provide you with financial stability that can allow you to take your mom out of a nursing home into an assisted living community.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your decision!
  8. by   DizzyLizard
    If you call your Mom's insurance they should have an endless list of resources for you or at least have contact numbers for you to get started with. (I used to work for a senior health insurance company in my state). Also, you can contact the stroke association in your area or a stroke support group. They may be able to provide you with which facilities may be best for your mom's specific needs. I wish you the best....it's a tough decision. To give you reassurance, I have a niece that requires intensive 24 / 7 care. Over the last 22 years my brother and sister in law have been able to keep her home primarily because of the awsome care and dedication of home health nursing. My brother works full time and my sister in law works part time and goes to school full time. They are also able to go out every know and then on the weekends. It's tough but it can be done.
    Last edit by DizzyLizard on Dec 7, '06
  9. by   CHATSDALE
    in your particular situation i think that the nursing home solution maybe be the best at least for the time being
    i think that you need some rest
    nursing school is stressful enough. if you can get some help during this time
    when you are self supporting you can make other arrangements