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royalcare

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Tell me how???
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Deborah

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I do this because I can't stand the thought of my Mother-in-law being in a nursing facility. I love her dearly. Does she stress me? Yes, she does, but I don't want her feeling unwanted and unloved.

I had promised my grandmother that she wouldn't go to a nursing facility, and didn't get to keep that promise. Her son put her in one. I didn't have a say in that. I do have a say in my MIL. She will not go there. I know there are good ones, and there are some bad ones.

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I have to be able to live with myself. My mom is a narcissist and no maternal gene but i can't let her be homeless.
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Donna2143

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It would have helped if my mom had not blown her inheritance and now has no money. It would have helped if she had tried to have relationships with her children and grandchildren. No one except me us incluned to help. I am pissed. If they put hed in she could go to assisted living instead of having no where to go.
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First, assisted living facilities, including memory care facilities, are not as expensive as you might think. To find out more, check out our Assisted Living page.

Second, there are a surprising number of financial assistance programs available in addition to Medicaid. Check out our free 22-page eBook, Where to Find Money for In-Home Care.
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I do it because I do not want my MIL to spend out her most vulnerable years in a home surrounded by people who do not love her.  Its hard.  Its tiring. It just may be the most overwhelming thing we've had to do. 

And then I think.. She raised the my husband.  Her hands held him. She taught him to be wonderful. She may be a demanding old grumpy bird now.. but at one time she did something great.. and I want to repay her that.

I'm a sap.

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I have to be able to live with myself. My mom is a narcissist and no maternal gene but i can't let her be homeless.


i know my narcissist mother has absolutely no empathy towards me, but heaven help I reflect the same feelings back at her. I have done a lot of therapy to get myself better, but being involved with them is so toxic - I feel like I'm being dragged down the path of co- dependency again, my boundaries are tested constantly.

Intstead of the word "NO" I use the word "NEXT MONTH". Seems to work, then she forgets the next day - in fact the loss of memory is a real gift to me. No matter how angry or nasty she is, she completely forgets it all the next day.
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If you are a Christian and you read the Bible then you will know that God commands us to take care of the widow. Your mother, brought you into this world and she sat up with you throughout the night on nights you were sick. She got up how many times during the night to feed you during your first few months of life? She gave up her free time to spend with you when you were unable to care for yourself. I am 62 years old and am taking care of my aging parent. I am also a nurse in long term care. I have seen and heard it all. My siblings give me no help, they have walked away. My mother and I sing, "You and Me Against The World" quit frequently. I do not want my mother in long term care if I can avoid it. As long as she is able to remain in my home safely, then that is where she will remain. Yes, I get burnt out. Just remember there may be a time when you are unable to care for yourself and feel all alone and helpless and may need someone close to you to help you live out the end of your life with dignity. I saw my grandmother and her siblings care for their mother at the end of her life, my mother and her siblings cared for my grandmother at the end of her life, I am following pursuit, not because I am brainwashed, but because I love and care for the elderly and I am not far behind them. It is not easy, I have given up a lot of fun with friends to care for my mother. There is a thing called respite, you can place your loved one in a nursing facility for respite care for short period of time to give yourself a break. Even though I work in long term care, I can only imagine what these residents are thinking as they reflect on their past and wait upon loved ones to come and visit and what they are missing out on because they no longer are able to participate in daily life with their families. I can take the time to listen to them talk about their feelings and encourage them and direct them to resources for emotional support
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I do it because I love my Dad unconditionally.
I was influenced by my Grandparents who looked after their parents.
I was so influenced I went into the care aid field for my career. In my jobs I saw lost souls who didn't have family or families not willing to stick by them.
My Dads not perfect but I could never abandon him.

In the end I will have no regrets as I did my best and stuck it through and did everything I could. I went through it all with him and processed the emotions as I went. I will not feel guilt or remorse.

I will stand proud that I tried and did my best. I am a stronger person because of this.

It's a roller coaster ride but it helps us to grow and learn and be strong people.
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Today, I have no idea. I have no idea what I'm doing! What a roller coaster.
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