I have the utmost respect for anyone who takes care of the elderly. My son and I have been taking care of my 80 year old father since we moved to FL 6 yrs. ago. He had diabetes, couldn’t walk, A-Fib, kidney failure, spinal stenosis. He still lived on his own. Our lives became centered around doctor visits, cleaning, laundry, meals, shopping…while other relatives chided us for “not working.” As if we were here on some sort of vacation!
Since January he was in and out of the hospital,then rehab, back to the hospital, rehab, hospital again…while my brother and I attempted to get him into a nursing home and on medicaid…easier than it sounds but my brother finally got a little taste of what my son and I had been dealing with all these years.
Sadly, my dad passed on March 20th, but we’ll never forget all the caregivers we came into contact with during those 2 months…nurses, doctors, CNA’s…everyone was wonderful to him.